Dreams take flight

AWARDS FOR PI­GEON-RACER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

would re­turn to rac­ing the fol­low­ing year.

He now owns about 100 birds, with about 70 of them in­volved in rac­ing.

“The neigh­bours have never com­plained,” he said.

“I love pi­geon-rac­ing, it is in my blood.”

Rac­ing birds are taken by truck to the start lo­ca­tion of the race, which can be as close as Mid­land or as far away as New­man, about 1200km north-east of Perth.

Once the birds are re­leased, they must then make their way back home.

The win­ner is judged by the fastest speed, rather than which bird comes in first, as there are mem­bers of the River- ton Rac­ing Pi­geon Club who live as far south as Man­durah.

Mr Ol­szowy said he would like to see more chil­dren get in­volved in pi­geon-rac­ing.

“It is a great hobby, it’s a pity kids don’t get into it,” he said.

“I think a lot more kids would be hap­pier, get­ting out­side and liv­ing.”

Mr Ol­szowy keeps his birds in a loft in his back yard and care­fully looks af­ter them, let­ting them out for an hour or two a day to fly as well as give them a feed when re­quired.

Plan­ning for the fu­ture, Mr Ol­szowy is breed­ing more birds to race in fu­ture sea­sons, in ad­di­tion to his cur­rent suc­cess­ful team.

Pi­geon-rac­ing en­thu­si­ast Joe Ol­szowy has had a suc­cess­ful sea­son, win­ning sev­eral club awards.

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