On the 18th of February 2017, planes trains and automobiles carried the twenty strong contingent of UK fanciers, comprising of the winners together with invited guests, to the 36th Golden Duif awards in Antwerp, Belgium. This being the first time the UK and Ireland could compete for the Golden Duif award meant that those who had entered and won, could truly place themselves on the International podium to receive the accolade of peers in the heart of Europe.
For Nigel Templar of Bristol, a magical evening in July suggested it might just be possible. Even after topping his section, being 2nd section and 2nd open in the earlier races of the National Flying Club season, the sight of the little blue widowhood cock sitting in his nestbox, as the light quickly faded, made goose pimples rise on his arms. This was something akin to winning his very first race. One of only six birds on the day from Tarbes, and in an already fantastic season, The National Flying Club Average Trophy became a very possible achievement. Continue reading The National Flying Club Average Trophy Winner 2016