The Triumph of Patrick Noorman: A Victory for the History Books

The Triumph of Patrick Noorman: A Victory for the History Books

Jan de Wijs

It was a day destined to be recorded in the history books of pigeon racing. On a cloudy morning in Pont St. Maxence, France, at 7:20 AM, the pigeons were released for a flight that would culminate in a historic victory for the young and ambitious pigeon fancier, Patrick Noorman.

Among the 3,075 participating pigeons from 269 fanciers from division 1 “Zeeland,” Patrick not only secured first place but also achieved second place – a feat that will forever cement his name in the annals of the sport.

The Triumph of Patrick Noorman: A Victory for the History Books

The Conditions
The weather conditions during the flight were far from ideal. The sky was overcast, and there was a moderate north wind. With a temperature of 19 degrees Celsius, the conditions were challenging for the pigeons that had to cover a distance of 259 kilometers to Patrick’s lofts in Serooskerke. Nevertheless, Patrick’s pigeons proved to be well-prepared and up to the challenge.

An Unprecedented Achievement
Patrick Noorman sent eleven pigeons into the race, and astonishingly, all his pigeons finished in the prizes. This means that Patrick achieved a "clean sweep" – a rare and extraordinary feat in pigeon racing. But what truly makes this victory remarkable is the fact that his two winning pigeons arrived just one second apart. This synchronicity not only showcases the exceptional quality of his pigeons but also the craftsmanship and dedication of Patrick as a pigeon fancier.

The Man Behind the Success
Patrick Noorman is no stranger to the world of pigeon racing. Although he had already made a name for himself with his book "Handleiding Postduiven" (Pigeon Racing Guide), primarily aimed at beginners in the sport, he has further solidified his position among the top players in recent years. Patrick moved to Serooskerke and has been competing in Zeeland for seven years, where he has honed and proven his talents.

In 2022, Patrick was ranked the 8th best fancier in the Netherlands, and in 2023, he achieved 5th place in the middle-distance category. These impressive accomplishments were mainly due to the quality of his pigeons, which he acquired from renowned breeders such as Combinatie Houmes, Richard van den Bos, Gijs Baan, W.B. de Kruijf, and G. & S. Verkerk. It is particularly noteworthy that the first three pigeons of this historic flight came from W.B. de Kruijf.

Future Prospects
With his recent victories, Patrick Noorman has firmly established himself as one of the leading players in pigeon racing. His dedication, passion, and knowledge have not only earned him recognition and respect but also a lasting place in the hearts of his fellow pigeon fanciers. It is clear that Patrick has much more in store for the future, and his name will continue to appear frequently on the winners’ lists.

Patrick Noorman’s triumph in the race from Pont St. Maxence is an inspiration for both novice and experienced fanciers. His success story shows that with hard work, dedication, and a love for the sport, even the most challenging conditions can be overcome. We eagerly look forward to the next chapters in the career of this rising star in pigeon racing.

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Patrick Noorman’s victory is not just a personal triumph but also a milestone for pigeon racing in the Netherlands. His impressive achievement, securing first and second place against a field of over 3,000 pigeons, will be remembered for a long time. Patrick has proven that he belongs to the absolute top, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for him.

With his passion, perseverance, and exceptional talent, Patrick Noorman will undoubtedly continue to shine in the world of pigeon racing. His name will be mentioned often, both as an inspiration for newcomers and for the established names in the sport. The story of his victory from Pont St. Maxence is just the beginning of what promises to be a legendary career.

Until the next blog,

Jan de Wijs

Blogger & Racing Pigeon Expert

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