ADAA National Grand Prix Wrap Up

This year’s National Grand Prix theme was Super Heroes and I have to say that ADAA is lucky to have a large group of Super Heroes as members and volunteers.  It was great to see a large contingent from our newly affiliated club Dog Sports New England at AELEC 29 September to 2 October 2017.   This is the second year that we have invited an international judge to the National Grand Prix, and for 2017 we were delighted to welcome Tim Verrelli and Kellie Verrelli from USA.

Huge thanks to Michelle Kenny for a tremendous job co-coordinating this year’s National Grand Prix.  What a fabulous event you brought together.

In addition to the National Grand Prix Sub-Committee:

  • Coordinator – Michelle Kenny
  • Sponsorship – Joanne Pearson
  • Shirts and merchandise – Zillah Hall
  • Publicity and promotion – Rachel Devenish-Meares
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Terri Smith
  • Merchandise – Katherine Boyle & Gary Harris
  • Assistance – Jon & Carol Keenan
  • Prizes – Margaret Lind
  • Entries – Cathy Slot & Liz White
  • Camping – Natalie Winter
  • Graphics design – Susan Sewell

we had a bunch of people who came and helped with bag packing:

  • From the Sub-Committee – Michelle Kenny, Margaret Lind, Joanne Pearson, Zillah Hall, Katherine Boyle, Gary Harris, Gary, Amy and Kellie Bartkowski, Susan Sewell
  • Other helpers – Wayne Stutz, Robyn Williams, Ruth Raymond, Karinna Sanders, Gayle King, Terri Smith and Dave Martin
  • Special thanks for many deliveries – Jody Brown

There were many volunteers who helped over the NGP weekend, but a few who come to mind for me are:

  • Event Coordinator – Michelle Kenny
  • Chief Judge – Steve Drinkwater
  • Main Judges – Tim Verrelli, Kellie Verrelli, Jen Deuis
  • Judges for additional events – Steve Drinkwater, Simone Holt, Tanya McAndrew, Cathy Reade
  • On-Field coordination – John and Carol Keenan
  • Volunteer and worker coordination – Terri Smith
  • Merchandise – Katherine Boyle and Gary Harris
  • Sunday dinner – Ann Trubshaw, Bruce Bentley, Zillah Hall, Connie Kluck, Matisse Martin, Charlie Queen, Amy Bartkowski
  • Prize table – Margaret Lind
  • Prize & equipment delivery – Terri Smith
  • NSW Timing equipment delivery – Terri/Helen Hillman & Mal Williams
  • Past WAC team members – for organising the practice ring and then setting up Friday’s courses

We are so lucky to have the help of the following looking after our Agility equipment and getting it to and from AELEC each year:

  • John Sissons
  • Peter Dowe
  • Kim Staples

This year we also had a band of volunteers who arrived a couple of days earlier to adjust all of our equipment to meet the new Agility Regulations:

  • Siegfried Clever
  • Vicki Clever
  • Liz White
  • Judy Roger
  • Jan Kielly
  • Alyssa Ablitt
  • Joanne Pearson
  • Michelle Kenny
  • Lorna Patton
  • Ros Palmer
  • Steve Drinkwater
  • Cathy Slot

And we also had our Grand Prix workers:

  • Scribes & Stewards – Jackson Winter, Andrea Lister, Lani Durante, Kellie Bartkowski, Peter Dowe, Kim Staples, Lucas Mitchell, Ian & Jenni Staniforth, John Sissons, Sam Tobin, Celine Mitchell and Leonie Mitchell
  • Ring Checkers –  Alyssa Ablitt, Cathy Reade, Marion Bland, Liz Yuill, Vanessa Dowson, Connie Kluck, Katie Jones
  • Prize room – Gayle King & Shelly Martin

Our Admin/Office-workers always work really hard to get results done:

  • Cathy Slot
  • Samantha Varano
  • Bonnie Douglas
  • Helen Dibble
  • Sarah Weston

And then at the end of it all the trailer had to be unloaded back in Brisbane:

  • Terri Smith
  • Shelly Martin
  • Cathy Slot
  • Steve Drinkwater

From a Volunteer perspective, as part of ADAA’s focus on recognising our volunteers, Damian Noud was drawn as the winner of our Major Draw.  As a key volunteer (ADAA Judge), Damian wins airfares and accommodation to the IFCS World Agility Championships in 2018 or 2019.

We are very grateful to our Platinum Sponsors this year:

CLEAR Dog Treats
Henry Hottie
Paws for a Cause
Primal Paws
Mainfreight Distribution

Grand Prix Challenge results can be found via this page and results for individual events can be found here.

Most importantly what I saw this year was camaraderie, friendship and help extended to those around.  Whether that was kindnesses for those who needed a hand, by helping those who had given up their weekend (so that you could spend the time enjoying yourself) by being at ringside when due, helping with height and course changes and by being supportive and positive in your comments even when things didn’t go ‘according to plan’.

For those who travelled to the GP, I hope that your dreams and aspirations were all met.  For those who didn’t make it this year, hopefully we will see you next year,


Cathy Slot

ADAA Chairman