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How one man says pigeon racing saved his life

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Chris Williams says Pigeon Racing saved his life.

He had a difficult few years in which he had a nervous breakdown, but he's now optimistic about the future because of the sport and is hoping other people here in the South will get involved too.

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Chris Williams says he owes so much to pigeon racing, "It's changed my life in ways I'd never dreamed of really. I've got friends all over the world and we're all connected through the pigeons."

Chris races the pigeons and has worked as a journalist on several Pigeon-based publications.

He'd been through a tough few years that saw him have a nervous breakdown, but he says the sport has saved his life and the bond between him and his birds is clear to see.

Chris races the pigeons and has worked as a journalist on several Pigeon-based publications Credit: ITV Meridian

I love the relationship you can build between yourself and the birds. Each bird has their own individual character. And it's funny because as a fancier it's your job to tap into that. And their habits and so own, And you use that as part of motivation for the racing.

– Chris Williams, Pigeon fancier

Chris has cerebral palsy. He says that limits the sports he can play but feels pigeon racing is very inclusive.

Chris and his dad Steve race together and clearly, there are no boundaries as to how far he can go.