2019 will be Lauren & Blink’s third year on the small team. This year I’ve asked Lauren to step up to be team captain of the small team at the world championships.
Here’s Lauren’s blog…
I’m Lauren Langman and I’m crazily happy and a touch excited about being the team captain for the small FCI 2019 event. There is something truly magical when you are given the opportunity to represent your country.
When I brought Blink home just over 4 years ago I knew deep in my heart that she would make team GB. I’m so grateful to actually realise my dreams with her, she is just 5, she has a heart of gold and puts in 110% every time. This will be her third time on in team GB – what an honour and what a cool journey. Being on the team is a roller coaster experience, thrilling for sure but never without it ups and downs. Some of the highs:
- A wow team experience – it’s an amazing place to be!
- The judges and the courses are super – it really is a world class experience.
- The excitement and build up of the event and being at the event with the best of the best – its truly inspirational!
Some of the lows?
- It doesn’t always go your way – some days you don’t get what you want on course and off!
- Sometimes you don’t qualify, it doesn’t mean you weren’t awesome, it’s sometimes out of your control and the lucks not on your side. That sucks
- It can be emotional … but that’s just because we care, for me I take the roughs with the smooths.
So what does it take to get into team GB?
- Some grit and tenacity, there will be failures on the way.
- A good mental game – this is something I really enjoy now.
- A kind and willing dog who loves the game as much as you do. It’s important that your dog thrives on pressure or at least can handle it. The environment asks a lot of your dog at the big events.
- Some team spirit!
- And so much more but that’s a start.
So what does team GB 2019 actually mean for me and how does my season now look?
- Some appropriate goal setting and not just running Blink for the sake of it. We run with intention and purpose and we have some goals to achieve!
- Fitness and planning for me and for Blink and for the small team and plans for sessions for us to train together.
- Finland 🇫🇮 whoop! A long road trip planned and many travel logistics.
- Skills and course training ready for the courses we will be seeing in Finland! The style is for sure different to what we are used to.
- Building team work in our small team and ensuring we all do the best job together that we can. I can’t wait to step into that FCI arena again – it’s electric!
And last but not least, what does being a team captain mean for me?
This is a completely new experience for me but my gut feeling is to not feel pressure but to thrive on it. To prepare well and to be ready for whatever life throws at us as a team. To work together but also be okay in the knowledge that everyone works differently and that’s okay too. I don’t feel any extra pressure, I feel great about the role. We have our first captains meeting early in May and I will then understand more about my role but I hope to support the small team in any way I can as well as being there for the other team captains as needed. What an exciting year 2019 is shaping up to being.
If you ever have a dream, always dare to try and realise it, live, laugh, love dogs.
April 2019 🙌