I’m Mari Gøbel, and I live in Norway with my three kids, husband and my wonderful golden retriever, Gaia.
When I first saw Carolyn Scott and Rookie with their impressing and inspiring routine on YouTube in 2004, I knew this was the sport for us. I have been quite active in developing the sport in Norway as an instructor, judge, competitor, part of several committees and former deputy Chairman in the Norwegian Freestyle Association.
Gaia and I competed in the past, but we have participated in more performances than competitions.
Freestyle finally became an official sport in Norway in 2010, and unfortunately I have not had time to compete seriously after that year. That said, I am still actively involved in developing the rules for the sport in Norway, and I’m a quite active judge in Norway. I still work as an instructor, holding multiple courses a year. So even though I am not an active competitor, I am active and highly involved in the sport. We love training and performing, and compete together with my wonderful “Showgroup” in class 6+.
Besides freestyle, Gaia and I have been competing in Rally-obedience and agility, but most of all she is the perfect family dog!
I am much honored to be judging the Nordic Championship, and I’m really looking forward to appreciate all the great routines in the competition.
Wish you all the best of luck!