Dreams take flight
AWARDS FOR PIGEON-RACER
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.