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Kennel Club Agility Team GB 2016 International Competitions Preparation

05 January 2016    12:00
 

Agility Team GB are the reigning World Large Team Champions and, in order to prepare the squad to both defend this title and compete at the European Open Championships in 2016, a performance weekend has been organised in conjunction with the Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show on 23rd and 24th April 2016. This will assist Agility Team GB Manager, Mark Laker and the coaching team in making the final team selections.

The performance weekend is designed to test dogs and handlers in the squad over a variety of situations typically associated with international competitions, such as team events, international style courses, performing under pressure, and accumulated individual runs.

The Sunday of the Performance Weekend will also be open to dogs in grades 4-7 which had not been tried out for the squad last year but whose owners would like to have a go and see how they get on. It is hoped that this will appeal to those who may submit points to be considered for the squad in 2017 but would like to learn more first. Entries for this will be capped at 150 dogs.

The following squad and team training days have been arranged:

  • Squad Training Day - Sunday 28th February 2016
  • Performance Weekend - Saturday and Sunday 23rd & 24th April 2016
  • Team GB Day 1 - Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016
  • Team GB Day 2 - Sunday 26th June 2016

These are designed to help handlers and dogs to concentrate on six key performance areas:

  • Handler health and fitness
  • Dog health, welfare and fitness
  • Handler mental fitness
  • Partnership skills
  • Team skills
  • Competition skills and strategy

The squad and team training days will help to ensure that Agility Team GB is fully prepared to compete at the European Open Championships in France from 29th- 31s tJuly 2016 and the World Championships in Spain from Sunday 22nd- 25th September 2016.

For more information about qualifying for the Kennel Club Agility Team GB and representing Great Britain at international competitions, please visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/agility/international-agility-teams/.

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