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Kennel Club Announces Agility Team GB Squad For 2017

The Kennel Club has announced the names of the agility competitors who will be part of the Agility Team GB Squad in 2017.

Two teams will be selected from the newly announced squad, which will go on to represent Great Britain at the European Open Agility Championships in Salice Terme, Italy from 27 - 30 July 2017 and the FCI World Agility Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic from 5 - 8 October 2017.

Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gencon, Khyam,  Agility1st, NTU, Vale Referrals, and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club’s preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.

The 2017 squad was selected following the collection and submission of points from prestige agility events held during 2016.  The squad will attend two squad days at Nottingham Trent University, which will be followed by a Performance Weekend held on 22 and 23 April 2017 in conjunction with Lincoln Agility Enthusiasts Show. Following the performance weekend, teams will be selected for each of the championships.

Agility competitors not part of Team GB will also get the opportunity to compete at the performance weekend on Sunday 23 April, to give them an opportunity to practice on European style courses judged by an overseas FCI judge.

Team Manager, Mark Laker said: "I’d like to thank everyone who submitted points this year and welcome those handlers to the 2017 squad. We’ve called up a larger squad this year to reflect the growing interest in Agility Team GB and in particular to increase our depth across the medium and small height categories. The squad train from December to April, ready for team selection in May 2017. I look forward to working with everyone over the coming months."

CSJ's founder Ceri Rundle said: "CSJ are thrilled to continue to sponsor Agility Team GB, and we are looking forward to another year of world class agility. We would like to wish the entire squad the best of luck.”

The successful handlers and dogs are as follows:

Large Squad

Medium Squad

Small Squad