In a few days time we’ll be heading off to Liberec in the Czech Republic for the 2017 FCI Agility World Championships. For many agility enthusiasts this is the highlight of the year…the Olympics of the dog agility world.
Representing your country at these championships is without doubt the highlight and pinnacle of many agility handlers career. Its difficult to explain the atmosphere and excitement created by thousands of people watching one ring of the worlds best agility dogs and their handlers.
Thankfully modern technology allows any one who can’t be there to follow through social media KC FB group, Team GB Supporters, Team GB Twitter feed and the event will also be live streamed.
The other thing that’s hard to explain is the amount of work these handlers have put in over the months and years leading up to the championships.
The many hundreds of hours of practice and training they put in make our sport look easy. However achieving this level of expertise takes dedication, commitment and a sustained focus on the objective.
Once again we have a strong team consisting of experienced dogs and handlers and some for whom this will be their first time at a Championship like this.
Their journey to the team is a long one and one that is supported all the way. Each year we learn more about improving our preparations, we push the performance boundaries a bit more and we embrace new ideas and technologies. That’s part of the journey everyone involved with Agility Team GB is on.
So I’m sure all Agility Team GB supporters will join the Coaching Team and I to wish Team GB 2017 all the very best in these fantastic championships.