FCI World Championships Italy 2015 Report by Mark
We went to Italy feeling confident in all height categories but
especially so in the large team category as we were silver medal
winners in 2014. Five handlers were new to the World Championships
which was for them a fantastic learning and development
The buildup and preparation made this year's World Championships
the highlight of many handlers agility career. The venue was
fantastic and while smaller than other venues we've been to,
created an exciting atmosphere for a competition of this level.
Clearly the highlight of the championships was the large team
winning the gold medal.
This was even more exciting as France (last year's winners)
finished 3rd overall making this a very close competition. In fact
the competition was close right up until the last few dogs ran. I
am so proud as to how everyone held their nerve to deliver fast
quality runs under real pressure especially as everyone went clear
so increasing the pressure on those running later!
Naarah Cuddy's performance in the individual large class was
another highlight, this was Naarah's first time at an international
competition. She finished 26th in the jumping class and 5th
overall. She was in a medal position until the last two dogs
The level of competition in the medium and small height category
remains extremely high. Our teams consisted of a mix of experienced
and new handlers who worked well together as a team. Natasha Wise
and Dizzy (three times world champions) found themselves on fast
courses with varying challenging handling options to consider.
Other handlers found the courses challenging, very fast and
throwing up multiple options. The coaching team will continue to
focus their efforts on helping handlers in these height groups
develop their skills for international competition.
Team spirit and support for each other was especially good this
year. I believe this was down to: the preparations leading up to
the event; more room on the coach; a rest day before the
competition; well thought through logistics and a team that gelled
A lot was learnt from last years World Championships in
Luxembourg. The actions taken to address the feedback received,
particularly on logistic and hotel arrangements, paid off!
To say I am thrilled with the team's performance is an
understatement - we won the World Cup!
But I firmly believe there is more to come from Agility Team GB.
We have the foundations and structure in place which we can build
upon for the future and this gives me the confidence to truly
believe we will continue to grow stronger each year.
Performance highlights included:
- Large team - 3rd in jumping round, 2nd in agility round = 1st
overall Gold medal. This team won the silver medal in
- Medium team - 8th overall, an improvement from 15th in
- Large individual Naarah Cuddy - 5th overall. Highest
place in 2014 was Greg & Detox (7th)
- Matt Goodliffe - top 15 in team jumping
- Charlotte Harding - top 10 team agility
- Natasha Wise - 2nd team jumping, 3rd team agility
- Small team - the team performed well against tough
Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who are growing in
numbers each year and came out to cheer and encourage the team on
and of course the coaching and support team who were magnificent
- Marc Saunders and Natasha Wise for their work before and during
the event. Their help managing a team of this size is invaluable.
This was Marc's last year on the Coaching Team.
- Hana McNicolas who stepped in at the last minute to provide
veterinary cover on the outbound coach trip. Hana took time off
work to support the team which was very much appreciated by the
- Our sponsors The Kennel Club, CSJ, Gencon, Agility1st,
First Contact, Nottingham Trent University and Eurotunnel Le
Shuttleand who make trips like this possible.
Looking forward to 2016!
Mark Laker International Team Manager
Kelsey Wood - Reserve
Rosie Cavill and Spice - Team
Clive Foden and Poppy - Team
Lucy Osbourne and Fling - Team
Marc Wingate-Wynn and Big - Team Captain, Team Run
Christine Wynngate-Wynne & Zev - Team and Individual
Amanda Hampson & Rogue - Team
Natasha Wise & Dizzy - Team Captain, Team and Individual
Julia Durrant and Lily - Reserve
Jenni Machon and Juice - Team and Individual
Greg Derrett & Rehab - Team Captain, Team and Individual
Jessica Clarehugh & Cara - Individual and Team
Charlotte Harding & Scandal - Individual and Team
Matt Goodliffe & Quincy - Individual and Team
Alan Wildman & Minx - Team Reserve and Individual
Naarah Cuddy and Sassy - Individual
The Coaching Team
Mark Laker - Team Manager
Marc Saunders - Team Assistant
Maria Johnson - Chiropractor
Ruth MacGill - Handler Fitness Coach
Rachel Richardson - Team Vet
Katy Broes - KC Specialist Support Team