Posted Date: August 13, 2017
News about the preparation for the 2018 World Agility Championships.
USDAA is pleased to announce that Stuart Mah will be joining
our coaching staff to aid in expanding our pre-event preparations for the 2018
IFCS World Agility Championships. Stuart has been involved in the sport since
1989 and has earned great respect in dog agility sport as both a trainer and
competitor. Stuart has been active in international competition since 1991,
when he first participated on the USDAA world team that earned the Bronze medal
in Dortmund, Germany, at the FCI World Dog Show, and won the Grand Prix of Dog
Agility Open Division Championship that same year and the Dog Agility Masters
Team Championship the following year, as a member of the Dortmund Gang team, along
with two other World Team members from prior years Dortmund event. Since that time, Stuart has achieved many
successes in both national and international competition and earned great
respect as a training instructor.
With the combined efforts of Tracy and Stuart, we are
intending to expand the scope of pre-event training for Team USA so that we can
make a stronger run at the podium in 2018. As Team Coach Tracy Sklenar puts it, "Stuart's expertise in coaching all aspects of the game and his vast experience
winning at the highest levels will provide handlers the opportunity to be fully
prepared to compete at their best when they enter the ring in April next year."
Stuart and Tracy will work together to prepare the team by
not only focusing on what to train for, but how to train it, in order that each
competitor can be confident and disciplined in order to turn in the best
performances possible. Being able to
have a wide range of skill sets that can be utilized with confidence is the key
to being able to win, but the effectiveness of such skills relies on a solid
foundation in a dog's training and communication. By addressing both of these
critical factors, we hope to see Team USA visit the podium with greater
frequency in 2018, and beyond.