ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER
The 2005 Rookie of the Year is Lynn Gothard of Franklin, Tennessee. She is a new member of the I.F., in the Nashville Racing Pigeon Club. Early on in the young bird season, her loft was damaged and birds lost due to a tornado, but she refused to give up on a sport she loves. With help of Steve Jones and other members she was able to have two beginner lofts assembled and she was once again participating in the sport she loves. She also credits NRPC president Jim Pancake, members Gary Norris and Jerry Myatt with getting going with the racing birds. She also had lots of help from Steve Joneli and Dennis Weinreich, pigeon flyers on the West Coast that put up with her through the worst parts.
The Nashville Racing Pigeon Club states that they were very glad to accept Lynn into their club. Lynn expressed great enthusiasm in raising and racing pigeons. She has shown the members there in the last young bird series her dedication, discipline and desire to win. She has also shown them that she is a good sportsman and gets along well with other flyers in their club. Lynn has a good attitude and positive approach to racing and to this sport. Her dedication in learning this sport has impressed all members of the club. Her discipline in applying what she has learned has had an impact on her race results and has really paid off. Her desire to do her best on her behalf has also impressed members in the Nashville Racing Pigeon Club. She has a genuine interest in this sport and then there are her birds. She had selected her young bird team from other flyers across the country and some locally, as well as raising some of her own. She is proud of them and what they have done. Their records this season were as follows:
Seven first place wins, Five second place wins, Four third place wins and four fourth place wins. Also was Champion Young Bird (B series), Champion Loft and Champion Average speed (A and B Series), in the first year of flying 2005. She finished the year with 25 of the birds from 45 originals even with the loft disaster she experienced. She also won both of the 300 mile Races. This is truly a testimony of how hard she and her birds have worked. A truly remarkable season for a rookie.
Members of her club are all proud of Lynn and glad that she is a member of their club. She is an example of what a true pigeon flyer should be. The veteran members of the club could not recall anyone ever winning this many races, champion bird awards, champion loft awards and average speed awards as a rookie in the first year as a flyer in this club.
Members quoted, ”People like Lynn help make this sport what it should be; fun and enjoyable”.