Trying out the handlers for this year’s international teams…

TeamGB_gencon-1024x1024CSJ Blog from agility team GB‏

by Mark Laker

Last weekend agility team GB held two days for handlers involved in this years international teams. On Saturday 40 junior handlers attended the second and final selection day for a chance in the team going to Slovakia in July. And on Sunday the adults had their second squad day. Both these events are exciting and a great opportunity to see these handlers perform on the types of courses they can expect at the championships.
The juniors really impressed me. They were confident, enthusiastic and appeared hardly phased at all by being assessed, scored and watched as they ran their dogs. We’ll be announcing the team later this week.
I had fantastic support on Sunday from the Coaching Team and some agility volunteers. One of these people said to me ‘ I can now see what sets these handlers a part from the general population of agility competitors’. She was referring to their professionalism, dedication and technical skills throughout the day. Selecting the final team is going to be a tough call again.
Once again it was great to get the support from our sponsors at these events. With their help we can provide fantastic facilities to train at, equipment built to the international spec and professionals helping to prepare the team.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Ceri and the CSJ team from everyone involved with the juniors and the adult team. Your support make all this possible.
Next month it’s the Performance Weekend. The final countdown before selecting the adult teams.

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