Congratulations to Year 10 student Katie Lines who has been selected to represent Great Britain at her first overseas dog agility contest. Katie, along with her dog, Archie, will travel to Slovakia this summer to compete in the European Open Junior Agility championships.
In order to secure their places in the squad Katie and Archie attended trial days where GB hopefuls were whittled down from 150 to just 20. They will compete in both team and individual events over the four-day European championships in July.
Katie said: ‘I have represented Great Britain in other championships in this country but this is the first time I will have represented GB abroad so it is a major step forward. The Junior Kennel Club has launched different team training days to assess our strengths and weaknesses. This is a really big opportunity for me, increasing my teamwork, social and communication skills as well as my confidence.
‘Archie and I also competed for the first time in the dog agility section of Crufts this year. It looks simple but there is a lot of pressure with a large audience, however it was a good experience, especially for Archie as he had to cope with the busy atmosphere and noise. It was great preparation for the European Open and we will compete at Crufts again next year as we have a better idea of what to expect, having done it once.
‘As I am only 15 and Archie is just two we have achieved a lot, especially as we have only been competing for a year. I am really looking forward to taking part in Slovakia. Being selected to represent Great Britain is amazing. The atmosphere will be very intense as there will be 16 other countries competing including Germany, Estonia and Canada.’
Katie is now planning to run a film night at £2 per person to raise as much money as possible for travel and accommodation costs this summer so look out for further information on the screens in due course.