Marc Saunders has decided to step down as Agility Team GB
Assistant due to personal commitments, meaning that the team is now
looking for a successor to be in place ideally before the World
Championships in Italy this October.
Mark Laker, Agility Team GB Manager commented "Marc has worked
tirelessly in this role for the last three years, bringing a wealth
of knowledge to the team both as an agility competitor and judge,
and has a real talent for spotting improvement opportunities and a
critical eye for detail in dog agility. He has been a great
assistant to work with, always committed to helping the team move
forward and I will very much miss his agility skills and the
support he has given me."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "On behalf of the
Kennel Club and all the Agility Team GB coaching team, we would
like to extend a huge thanks to Marc for all his hard work and
commitment to the team over the last three years and wish him all
the best for the future.
"Agility Team GB is now looking for a new Team Assistant to join
the coaching team. This is an exciting opportunity to work
with some of the top agility handlers in the UK, helping them to
prepare for international agility competitions."
The key responsibilities of the Team Assistant's role are as
- To work closely with the coaching team, the handlers and
sponsors, and be willing and able to assist as required with the
- Attendance will be required for two squad days, two team days,
the Performance Weekend and any extra training days and meetings
required to help the team to prepare. The Team Assistant will also
be required to attend and work at the European Open and World
- To assist and advise the Team Manager and other team members at
performance events to produce the best possible team and assist
with ad-hoc training sessions in order to help build a strong team
and a team as mentally prepared as possible for international
- The following personal attributes are required: strong
communication skills; a confident presenter to groups of handlers;
be able to operate under the pressure of international competition;
a keen interest in sports performance; a critical eye for detail; a
flexible approach to working with dogs & handlers; and a
commitment to working in a high performance team.
- The Team Assistant should have previous experience of top level
agility and a good understanding of international competition. It
would also be advantageous to have international experience as an
- This is a demanding and fulfilling role, rewarded by
representing Agility Team GB and the opportunity to work with top
- The role will work to the direction of the Team Manager.
Anyone interested in applying for this exciting opportunity
should email their agility CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Tuesday 1st September 2015.