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Agility Team
Scotland’s WAO
Adventure
On May 15, the first-ever Scottish agility team to
compete abroad set off for the Belgian town of
Neeroeteren and the 2012 World Agility Open
Championships. This was only the second time
Scotland had fielded a team at an international agility
event, and the first time that any of the team
members had competed abroad. The adventure was
about to begin ..
In fact, it all started in October last year, when team
manager Tricia Elms, assistant team manager Kerstin
McDonagh, team treasurer Monica Kerr and a large
number of willing helpers organised the selection
competition. The two highly-experienced judges, John
McEwan and Blair Cochrane, had designed a wide
variety of courses, which really tested the hopeful
handlers
skill and ultimately ensured that Scotland
was represented by a strong team.
Once the selection process was over, the hard work of
raising money to cover the cost of the trip started.
The team couldn
t have asked for better support
from the Scottish agility community
, says Tricia.
Fundraising had already started in late summer of
2011, but it really took off after the team selection
day.
First off the mark was Fair City DTC, which
offered the team the use of its indoor training facility
to hold a fun competition. Other clubs soon followed
suit by offering the team the chance to run pay-on-
the-day practice rings, and set up second-hand book
stalls. As things gathered momentum, many of the
Scottish clubs and a number of small business
operators, even some clubs and show organisers in
the north of England, offered camping spaces, free
entries and various products and services as prizes for
the Grand Raffle the team had planned. Kingdom of
Fife Dog Agility Club demonstrated their support by
generously donating a brand new set of weaves!
Individual supporters also came up with their own
fundraising ideas. One supporter decided that raising
money through a sponsored stop-smoking effort was
just the incentive she needed to achieve her goal,
while the sister of a team member chose to lose
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