AWI WC 2013Discdoggers,
First off, we would like to thank all of the wonderful competitors who came out and joined in the fun at all of our events this year. It was awesome to see so much talent come together and have a blast playing with their dogs.
We had great events from coast to coast and across the oceans from Asia to Europe this year. With our limited events we had the best of the best show up in Tampa for our World Championships. Teams from all over the US , China and even a 8 year old from The Netherlands came out to play.We limited the amount of teams that could qualify for the Finals to make this the most elite group of competitors on one field. We want to keep it at this level so teams know how special it is to be a AWI World Finalist .
The weather Guardian Angles watched over us as Tampa had 4 inches of rain throughout a 5 day stretch that weekend. We had a sunny day on Sat. for the Finals, and a nice day on Sunday for the Fun Day.
Congratulation to Chuck Middleton and Bling Bing, ( his unofficial name is now Bling, Bling , Bling ) for winning their 3rd AWI World Championship. Their consistent routines throughout the day were needed to hold off the charge of Tracy Custer who took the 2nd and 3rd spots on the podiums with her great dogs Siren and Chil.
Here is the list of the Top 10 competitors:
1. Chuck Middleton and Bling Bling 80.9
2.Tracy Custer and Siren 78.0
3. Tracy Custer and Chil 77.8
4. Lawrence Frederick and Easy Rider 76.9
5. Matt Bilderback and Bazooka 76.7
6.Pennie Mahon and Psych 76.6
7. Chris Sexton and Banzai 76.2
8. Chuck Middleton and Bam Bam 75.7
9. Kirby McIlveen and Torch 75.410. Mike Hanson and MaggEy 74.0
With the safety of our 4 legged friends in mind, we also limited the Finals to 2 days as to not risk wearing them down with too much activity. Pushing them with an over abundance of rounds can increase the possibility of an unwanted injury. Yes, there are people that say " my dog can run all day", but we at AWI feel it's more important to be safe.
Thanks to Purina ProPlan and all of our other sponsors that have made this event possible including:
Hero Disc USA,
Discovering the World,
the Humane Society of Tampa Bay,
and the Glazer Children's Museum.
A final thank you to all of the people and clubs involved , here and throughout the world, with continuing the tradition of the oldest and most prestigious K-9 Frisbee event , The Ashley Whippet Invitational.
The AWI Staff