Pigeon racing "Saved my life"

Pigeon racing "Saved my life"

Published by Justin Gladdis at 9:00am 31st March 2019.

Weymouth man owes his life to the racing birds.

A man living with Cerebral Palsy says Pigeon racing "Saved my life".

29-year-old Chris Williams from Weymouth was around 12 years old when he was inspired to take up pigeon racing by his father, Steve.

Steve has raced pigeons for 60 years and introduced his son to the sport whilst taking him to Lier Market in Belgium.

After his trip to Belgium, he became captivated by the sport which led him to keep every Saturday free to go to races with his father and watch the birds come home.

Chris's cerebral palsy causes problems with movement, muscles, coordination and balance, limiting the sports he can do.

He had a tough few years following a nervous breakdown and grieving for his grandmother after she passed, but Chris says his birds 'saved his life' and he doesn't know where he would be today without them.

Pigeon racing gave a purpose to Chris and a hobby to enjoy alongside his father.

The sport is very inclusive and offers opportunities for social inclusion and competition which helps with individuals wellbeing.

Chris has found companionship and friendship with many other members and has allowed him to gain greater independence.

Chris Williams said:

"Pigeon racing saved my life. It provided me with something to wake up for and enjoy.

"It has not only given me a hobby but has also given me a purpose and responsibility in looking after the birds. The sport has also provided a great opportunity for my Dad and I to spend more time together. I can't imagine my life without pigeon racing and all of the opportunities it has opened me up to" he added.

Chris regularly writes for supplements such as British Homing World and Pigeon King and in recent years he began racing in partnership with his father under the name S&C Williams.

If you want to find out more about pigeon racing or want to get involved, head to https://www.rpra.org/