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The UK Team is honoured to be hosting the 2018 International and Mixed Breed Championship (IMCA) and ParAgility World Championship (PAWC). 

The event is taking place from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018 at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Huntingdon (see “venue” tab for more information)

 

Mrs Kyla Clarke – Wood Green Senior Conference & Events Sales Co-Ordinator sends the following message:

“Wood Green are looking forward to hosting the IMCA & PAWC event for the first time in the UK in August 2018. We feel excited to be a part of promoting the awareness of the competitions – especially the PAWC event which is unique in the UK.  We hope to gain long term client relationships with all participating nations and wish everyone competing in 2018 our very best wishes for a successful competition.”

 

Linda Croxford – UK Team Leader and event Organiser sends the following message:

“As the UK Team Leader,  I will be leading the organisation of the 2018 championships and will be the point of contact for any questions or queries on linda@petlodge.co.uk.  Whilst I am a relative newbie to the IMCA & PAWC family, (having only been involved for the last 4 years as both groom, competitor and the Team Leader for the last 2 years),  I do have a long history of 30+ years in agility as a competitor, instructor and judge and have organised many very large shows in the UK.

Finding the correct venue has not been easy. In the UK we mainly compete on grass or equestrian surfaces and unlike Europe, the UK does not have many large indoor venues dedicated to agility. After a long search for a suitable venue we are really pleased to have found Wood Green Animal Shelter.

I would like to advise that we have a great show team in the UK that are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the 2018 Championships and we will do our very best to ensure the most friendly, well organised event we can and look forward to seeing you all in August 2018.”

 

 

What is IMCA & PAWC?

FCI regulations only allow pedigree dogs in the World Championships, so in 2000, Petra Fuchs founded the IMCA event which was solely for crossbreed dogs.  The 2000 show was held in Italy as a stand alone championship. Then in 2001 the show was held in the Czech Republic and at this show it was decided to also allow pedigree dogs to take part. In 2002, in Hungary, the ParAgility was introduced and joined forces with IMCA to enable international dogs and handlers (both able bodied and those handlers with disabilities)  to take part in an international event.  Since this time the event has grown into a major international event which is like no other. The PAWC event is divided into 7 groups which range from those in wheelchairs to varying degrees of mobility issues, to sight and hearing issues etc. Each PAWC competitor submits an application to the organising board members who assess eligibility to participate in the event.

The IMCA & PAWC event is a “family” of countries and handlers that meet each year – with friendships and support given across the two championships held at the one event.

The UK has been taking part in this event since 2002 when Sheila Partridge represented the UK in the first PAWC event. Since that time, the UK has had a presence at the event travelling all over Europe to compete. This year, the UK are hosting the event and we hope that many UK agility handlers will come to watch and to witness the truly magical experience of the PAWC event along with seeing some of Europe’s top handlers compete in IMCA – along with of course supporting the UK Team!

 

Yvonne Goode was the 2016 Group 5 PAWC Champion who unfortunately lost her battle against cancer in January 2017.

Her spirit and love for agility will live on in the UK Team and we will strive to provide an outstanding, enjoyable event for competitors and visitors in 2018.

 

 

 

 

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