How life and the world can change in a few weeks…

By Mark Laker

I’m sure like Karen and I you’re shocked by the scenes unfolding in Ukraine. It’s hard to believe this is happening in a European country.

As Agility Team Manager, coaches and competitors from other countries became good friends. There was a bond between us and support for each other shared through our love of agility. 

I remember sharing a team room with Ukraine – amongst others, at the World Championships in Sweden. The language barrier didn’t stop us from smiling, shaking hands and acknowledging success. 

People come together through sport. Sharing a common interest in competition and personal achievement together. Playing sport with animals i.e dog sports and horses, brings an extra dimension. Even stronger bonds form through our shared love for the animals and our sport.

It saddens me to think about how this conflict will affect ex-fellow competitors. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine.
Kind regards,

Mark

Mark Laker

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