There has been a lot of media coverage recently about Year Eleven pupil, Ella Gibbs, and her faithful canine companion, Lulu. The duo qualified for Crufts this year and the excitement surrounding their debut has made national news.
Ella said: “I’ve been doing agility for a number of years and in summer 2018 I qualified to compete at Crufts with my dog Lulu in the class Young Kennel Club Team Agility. For the past six months, I’ve been training hard with Lulu in preparation for the event. As part of the entry process, I had to explain why we got Lulu, which was because I had some serious surgery back in 2013 and Lulu was given to me by my parents to aid my recovery.
The Young Kennel Club then sent our story to a PR agency to publicise Crufts, the story got picked up from a few newspapers including The Times and The Daily Mail. The world of media then became very interested in my story and this led to us being on ‘This Morning’ on ITV with Ruth and Eamon last Friday 8 March, being interviewed on national live TV with Lulu.
Sunday 10 March was competition day and Lulu and I were nervous, to say the least. The atmosphere was amazing at Crufts as there were thousands of dogs competing and even more visitors there that day. Lulu did a brilliant run but unfortunately, our team didn’t place, however, the fact that we qualified in the first place was something of which to be truly proud.
Once again, my mum had several emails from media companies and we were asked to go on BBC Breakfast News on Monday 11 March. The hosts were lovely and adored Lulu so the early wake up (4.00am to be exact!) was certainly worth it. I’m already hoping to step onto the ‘green carpet’ next year with Lulu, but until then last weekend is an experience I will never forget.”
Well done to Ella and what an amazing experience.