Science Teacher's Crufts Win
Miss Worrall, Science teacher is part of ACES Flyball team who became Crufts champions over the weekend.
So what is Flyball?
A flyball race sees two teams of four dogs each, racing side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. There are different tournament formats but each format involves racing between two teams at a time. Within a team, each dog must run over the jumps, trigger a Flyball box releasing a ball, retrieve the ball and then return over the jumps. The next dog is released, in relay fashion, to run the course but can't cross the start line until the previous dog has returned over the finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without error wins. Each race comprises up to five legs, and the team that wins the most legs wins the race. Each flyball team consists of four dogs, plus up to two reserves that can be interchanged after each leg. An electronic judging system that uses lights and timing sensors is used on the start / finish line to determine accurate times, and the winner when both teams complete the course in quick succession.
Tournaments are run in divisions based on the fastest speed of the team in a previous competition or a time declared by the team captain. Arranging divisions based on speed enables the racing to always be competitive.
British Flyball Association
Two of our Science Teachers: Mr Williams, Director of Science, and Miss Worrall, Science Teacher, compete in a popular dog sport called flyball. It is a team sport in which 4 dogs must, in relay, run over 4 jumps, retrieve a tennis ball and return it. It is done as a head to head race. Mr Williams and Miss Worrall compete with Aces High Flyball Team based in Rainham. They have been training at the school sports hall this year.
This weekend Miss Worrall and her dog Heist were part of the Aces Crufts team, they raced Friday and Saturday to reach the final on Sunday where they faced Focus. The race was run over 3 legs and can be found on the Aces High Flyball Facebook and Twitter feeds. In the first leg Aces and Focus both tied and set a new Crufts Flyball record of 15.20 seconds.
After some close racing Aces went on to win the final and be crowned Crufts Flyball champions 2019. Miss Worrall and Heist are now part of a team who are current Crufts champions, British Flyball Association Champions, British record holders and joint Crufts record holders.