2001 An agility odyssey
Looking back at the future, we must say that 'The fun never did go out of this 'fun event.' Agility Voice's own Mystic Meg foretells of things to come in this treasure from The Agility Voice archives. With 2001 not so far away, somehow this tongue-in-cheek article from 1985 does not seem so far off the truth - or does it?
The year is 2001
The two old stagers Hinge and Bracket are still to be seen at the odd show in the Bath Chair Stakes! but the two speed kings of the early days, Tony and Neville, have long since given up. Their end eventually came when they met in the 1986 National Knock-Out Final, going like bats out of hell. They were last seen disappearing up each others' collapsible tunnel! Neville's other half ('er indoors) went on to become an international collecting ring steward, running weekend courses all over Europe. Funny game, this Agility.
An International Sport
The team went on to win the Gold Medal despite some strong opposition from the Irish team, who have really improved in recent years since they realised that 'contact points' were not replacement for glasses!
Crufts is still a major show in the calendar, and ever since her success in 1985 'Potter' has been asked to judge every year, the only difference being that her ageing team of frilly bloused stewards (The Three Degrees) have been pushed along on wheels!
The Agility Club, started in 1983, has gone from strength to strength and with a world-wide membership at 2,000,000,it soon became necessary to establish a central headquarters for the Club. As football was banned in this country in1994 because of crowd violence, the obvious place was Wembley Stadium. And so it was that in the summer of 1995 the stadium was renamed W.A.C. (World Agility Centre) and, at long last, that lush green turf was put to good use. Six agility rings!
Footnote: The fun never did go out of this 'fun' event.'
Reprinted with kind permission of John Gilbert from Agility Voice Newsletter (April 1985).
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