Wim Clermonts - a real champion on sprint and middledistance!:

The Beginning:

Wim Clermonts was born on July 3rd 1960 in the university-city of Groningen (capital of Groningen in the northern part of Holland).
This city breathes atmosphere, history and class – so Clermonts will always stay faithful to this city.

Wim got the pigeon-fever from his father who was the first big influence – a time that Wim treasures very much. Unfortunately his father died very early so they only had the first years together. Fortunately the mother had strength to raise this young family – and formed Wim to what he is today – a sensitive guy with character, enthusiasm and attention for details.
He continued to be passioned about the sport – with the motto: You can only do one thing well, so you have to chose.

His heart has always been turned towards the sport – and already as 13 years old he showed that he got the talent by becoming the 11. Nat. Champion for young fanciers. This was the beginning and after that Wim continued to show his skills in Groningen and became a great talent in Dutch pigeon sport.

The city of Groningen has a unique concept – DE DOEVENTOENE – the pigeon garden – a piece of land where fanciers can have a small loft and compete against the other fanciers there. About 30 fanciers race here with a tough competition. Also Wim searched this hard competition and was one of the best – did one time 1st till 38th prices – only his birds – NOBODY HAS EVER DONE THAT was the headline in the local newspaper. It soon appeared that this young Wim was a special fancier and he earned respect among the other fanciers.

If you ask him today about the pigeons from that time he mention them one by one without any problems – with big enthusiam. Some of the famous pigeons from that time are also worked into the strain of today – DE WATCH, SCHALIE 122, DE SUPER JOKER.

After the first years in the pigeon gardens he moved in an appartment and had to have his pigeons on a very small spot in the garden behind the flats without any sunshine and good conditions for good results. But he continued to race very well and quite superior – again to show his super skills as a fancier.

To Eijerkamp:

As a result of his skills he was also invited by Hans Eijerkamp in Zutphen to join the team. He sold his best 10 pigeons to them and started the new challenge there. Again the results were super at this big loft. Unfortunately this only lasted one year – because of private circumstances Wim felt compelled to return to his hometown again.

A new start:

His departure from Eijerkamp was despite this short duration warmly and without any problems and Wim got not only his own 10 pigeons back but also 30 youngsters from the best of the Eijerkamp loft. These were essentially Janssen pigeons from the Camphuis strain.
In that year –1989 – it was exciting to race the first races with youngsters. A week before the first big race with youngsters Wim looked at his mother and said prophetic: We are champions! His mother nodded and knew that her son had the skills to see the condition of the pigeons. And indeed Wim became the champion in the city and had some fantantastic achievements the next years.

He was fantastic strong and maybe because of this, someone did a foolish theft of 24 pigeons from his loft (incl. 17 different 1st price winners!)
Of course this was a terrible disappointment for Wim but he came back years later and became 1st champion on the middle distance in the North Division with 1500 members!

Janssen/Van Loon as the basic strains:

In addition to the top-quality from Hans Eijerkamp and sons Wim continued his search for super-pigeons. He found the right pigeons at i.e. Thei Bours, Jan Ouwerkerk, Bert van Es and de fam. Groen. All fanciers with Janssen and Van Loon pigeons as their basic strains. Also Gerard Koopman – a good friend of Wim Clermonts – has terrific success with 2 strains.

An extra boost came via Cees Gijzen from St. Willebrord (in the south of Holland). This champion had a superb breeding couple – THE WITBUIK-KOPPEL – parents to a lot of winners. This couple was sold for a future but Wim was lucky to be an owner of more children from this couple before it was sold!

Unlike the average fancier is Wim as well as Gerard Koopman convinced of absolute quality and their argument is that a pigeon pass the predicate good after 5 years of extraordinary results. And today you can see the same with the pigeons of Wim – continue to race his very good flyers to find the exceptionels

The last 30 years has the specialist Wim Clermonts grown his strong strain – a fantastic family with extraordinare results.

The following results are just a few of the best in the past 10 years and are achieved with 40 pairs of old birds played on total widowship.

Mettet, 351 km with number of pigeons: 10765
Result: 1,2,14,15,17,27,28,29,36,42,49,50,71,72,73,74,78,94 etc.

Hannut, 302 km with number of pigeons: 19585
Result: 1,2,4

Haasrode, 293 km with number of pigeons: 5235
Result:1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,16,18,19,20,27,31,33,36,38,41,52,57,60,62,63,66,70,75,79,85, 86

Strepy/Thieu, 349 km with number of pigeons: 1824
Result: 1,2,3,4,5,7,9,10,18,22,27,28,31,34,36,37,38,39,45,46,47

Chimay, 387 km with number of pigeons: 10014
Result: 1,4,5,6,7,10,12,23,24,29,31,42,48,60,66,71,73,84,87,91

Beek, 162 km with number of pigeons: 4490
Result: 1,2,3,13,26,27,28,29,31,32,35,42,50,53,79,88

Deventer, 111 km with number of pigeons: 5765
Result: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11,12,13,14,19,25,26,28,33,44,86,88

Nijvel, 332 km with number of pigeons: 1339
Result: 1,2,3,4,6,8,9,11,13,15,16,17,20,21,26,27,28,29,31,32,38,40

Boxtel, 200 km with number of pigeons: 2386
Result: 1,2,7,8,11,13,15,16,17,18,19,20,25,26,31,32,37,40,41,42,49

Pommeroeul, 366 km with number of pigeons: 1397
Result: 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,21,22,32,43,45,47,50

Duffel, 277 km with number of pigeons: 1784
Result: 1,2,3,6,7,8,13,14,17,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,51,52,54,56,57,58,59,60

St. Quentin, 440 km with number of pigeons: 1236
Result: 1,2,3,6,8,13,19,24,26,27,28,29,35

Menen, 358 km with number of pigeons: 1861
Result: 1,2,4,5,6,8,11,19,20,22,23,34,35,36,37,38,39,4042,46,47,48,50,51,58,59,63,64

Houdeng, 346 km with number of pigeons: 1099
Result: 1,2,3,5,7,8,14,17,19,21,23,24,27,30,31,32,45,46,48,51

Who in Holland, Germany or Belgium can present such results?
Well, we are sure that only a few can present the same quality!

The last 2 years the brother Jan has joined with Wim – Jan takes care of the breeders – Wim has the racing team.


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