Posted Date: August 21, 2015
Were pleased to announce that we've added two talented competitors to our live-stream announcer team.
We're pleased to announce that we've added two talented competitors to our live-stream announcer team.
Please welcome Greg Fontaine as our Technical Analyst and Nick Sparks as our Webcast Reporter. They'll both join USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch and Vice President Andy Hartman in the live-stream announcers booth at this year's Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN, Oct. 21-25.
Whether you're attending the event in person or watch it live, this year's live-stream will be just as informative, educational and entertaining as previous years. We may even have a few Guest Announcers stop by the booth from time to time. So make sure you're listening and watching closely.
Greg Fontaine began training and competing in agility in 1998 with Ivan, a Labrador Retriever. He's a multiple-time Cynosport Grand Prix and Steeplechase Finalist and, along with his Border Collie Spice, has represented USDAA's Team USA at the IFCS Continental Championships of Europe and World Agility Championships. He's also a long time instructor, judge, event organizer and a member of USDAA's Advisory Committee.
Greg met his wife Dudley, a national champion and international level agility competitor, at the very first agility event he ever attended. Living in North Carolina, and having graduated from Duke, naturally he's a bit of a college basketball fan. In his spare time outside of dogs, agility and work in real estate law, Greg enjoys cooking, running, attempting to fix up his aging farm house, listening to music and every so often dabbling in very bad poetry. And, he says you can occasionally find him on social media.
Nick Sparks is a Grammy awarded Recording Engineer and Music Producer. He moved to Nashville in 1992, and quickly moved into recording studios and projects around Nashville and the country. His discography reads like the Who's Who in the entertainment industry. Nick specialized in entertainment shows for theme parks and cruise ships taking him as far away as China.
Nine years ago Nick and his wife, Phyllis, adopted a Sheltie puppy from the local rescue. Fiona quickly became the defining focus every weekend. Nine years and three more Shelties later, Nick and Fiona have earned multiple national titles in multiple venues, including a Bronze Performance Agility Dog Champion and hosted a weekly national TV show on dog agility on RFD-TV.
Nick publishes travel books focusing on unique dining locations around the world and is currently working on his fourth book. More information can be found at www.NickSparks.me.
Congratulations again to Greg and Nick! We look forward to your hearing your analyses and in-depth reporting this year.