Barry John Awood, Toppigeons agent for South Africa
Written by Jan Polder
With this, Barry John Awood presents himself to you as Toppigeons agent for South Africa.
I got my pigeons at the age of 12 and these three pigeons were fantails. My dad at the time was working in Epping (Cape Town) and his friend and colleague, uncle Fuart Adams was a crack pigeon fancier in the Western Cape at that time. Soon I received pigeons from uncle Fuart and to my surprise I was introduced to four of his brothers who were also exceptional pigeon fanciers. (Fagmie ( Winner of six Board races (National Results,)Wasphy (winner of many federations and scores high up on National races in the Board, Mogammat, ended sixth overall in the Board out of 832 members and the eldest brother , the late Boeta Miley as we called him who had a very huge impact on pigeon racing here in Cape Town. Wherever he assisted, champions were made. So I was basicly taught about pigeons by the Adams Brothers. I started racing as a junior and later as a senior in the same Union as uncle Fagmie, Wasphy and Mogammat and therefore competition was extremely fierce. My fear of not excelling was very high and because of this I endeavoured to challenge my masters on race day and to learn as much as I could. This paid off and sometimes I would be lucky to beat them. I raced under the banner Daniels Brothers as my two younger brothers are also pigeon fanciers and through the years we have excelled at sprint and middle distance.
Unfortunately after completing my school career it was time for me to look for a job so I had to say farewell to my beloved birds and started working for the City of Cape Town where I am currently employed as a Business Analyst. I started studying part-time and graduated with a Bcom IS Honours degree. I was born in 1974 and is married to my wife Nicolene and I have a son named Cole.
A very important lesson is that with hard work and exceptional birds comes exceptional results and within everyday of your pigeon career you learn something. My passion was always to excel in the long distance /marathon races seeing that having success in 90% of these races could render you as FBHU (Federated Board of Homing Union Champion), the biggest Union in South Africa, and after careful research based on results of pigeons that excels in extreme heat and headwinds it was decided to import some Jan Aardens hence the approach to Jan Polder. Because racing in the FBHU is quite unique as opposed to other unions, Mr Wim Huizer was also approached and he gladly assisted by sending me some of his sprinters as well. My loft houses pigeons from Jan Polder, Wim Huizer, Fagmie Adams and Sharrief Karriem.
Many a fancier in the Western Cape aspires to become a Federated Board Champion and to achieve this you need to have better birds as your opponents. Because my quest is always to search for better birds I have decided to avail myself as an agent for Top Pigeons to assist fanciers to obtain better quality birds the first time around. My intellect with regard to IS and having an understanding of the pigeon racing environment in South Africa can assist fellow fanciers in obtaining real “Top Pigeons”, from fanciers that specialize in their respective areas of expertise.
Contactinformation of Barry: BarryJohn.Awood@capetown.gov.za