Who are the coaching team

 

Team GB Coaching Team

Mark Laker - Team Manager

Mark is responsible for managing all aspects of the team. The role extends to:

  • Supporting the Working Dog Activities Team when they liaise with the event organisers about team arrangements, entries, and special arrangements regarding travel (especially with dogs) and any country specific rules and regulations.
  • Liaising with the coaching staff, ensuring that their responsibilities are understood and they are clear about their roles within the team. Mark is also be responsible for allocating tasks at the event and ensuring good team working and support during the pre-event planning, during travel to and from the event and during the event itself.
  • Having overall responsibility for ensuring that the team members are as well prepared as possible and are in a position to perform their best at the event.
  • Managing, organising and running the qualifying events leading up to team selection (with the support of the Working Dog Activities Team).
  • Managing, organising, preparing and running official pre-event training days, pre-competition training sessions in liaison with the support of the Working Dog Activities Team.
  • Ensuring that all team members, including support staff and coaching staff, are aware of the code of conduct, the event timetable, travel and accommodation arrangements and any special requirements before, during and after the event.
  • Attending squad days, team training days, the Performance Weekend and any extra training and meetings that is required. He also works at both the EO'S and World's.

 

Marc Wingate-Wynne & Natasha Wise - Team Assistants

  • Responsible for assisting and advising the manager and other team members at performance events to produce the best possible team.
  • Natasha is able to provide an insight from a successful international competitor as to what competitors needs are, and keeping within restrictions support team members as best as possible to achieve.
  • Marc assists with training sessions, help build a great atmosphere and team mentality prior to events, so team members are the best prepared as a unit and individually.
  • Attending squad days, team training days, the Performance Weekend and any extra training and meetings that is required. Marc works at both the EO's and World's, and Natasha works at the EO's.

 

Ruth MacGill - Handler Fitness Coach

  • Responsible for coaching GB handlers in the planning, integration and execution of personal training fitness plans in order to improve individual performances both at training and competitions Raise awareness of the benefits of adopting a personal fitness training plan specific to agility dog handlers.
  • Encourage Agility GB handlers to plan, integrate & conduct their own personal training fitness plans in order to improve individual performances both at training and at competition.
  • Attending squad days, team training days, the Performance Weekend and any extra training and meetings that is required. She also works at the World's.

 

Rachel Mowbray & Hana McNicholas- Team Vets

  • To provide support with travel paperwork before and during the event, provide assistance with getting the dogs in top condition for competing, including injury treatment, prevention and fitness and conditioning.
  • Hana McNicholas provides veterinary care for the team while abroad. Hana or Rachel attend squad days, team training days, the Performance Weekend and any extra training and meetings that is required.

 

Maria Johnston - Team Physiotherapist 

  • Assist with development of warm up and cool down routines for dogs and assist in getting the dogs in top condition for competition including injury prevention and fitness and conditioning programs.
  • She also assists with warm up/ cool down / groom for competitors who do not have their own groom and assist with getting handlers and dogs to the ring in good time and well prepared.
  • Liaises closely with the Team Vet providing care for injury or issues affecting performance at training days and competitions.
  • Attending squad days, team training days, the Performance Weekend and any extra training and

 

Nicky Grant - Team Physiotherapist (Research Projects)

  • The Physiotherapist (Research Projects) works closely across all function of the Coaching Team carrying out research projects designed to further our knowledge and application of health, fitness and welfare of dogs and handlers.

 

Martin Cavill - Technical Coach 

  • The key role of the Technical Coach is to pull together support team activities, associated with dog/handler performance and development.
  • Working closely with each member of the support team, the Technical Coach will develop systems and processes which will ultimately improve dog/handler agility performance at international events. In addition the Technical Coach will help identify key attributes required for the future Agility Team GB.

 

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