Wednesday, 03 May 2023 14:20

Healesville Greyhound Association takes flight with Croydon Homing Pigeon Club in a new era of racing


Spreading its wings into the world of pigeon racing, Healesville Greyhound Association (HGA) is thrilled to announce
its sponsorship of the Croydon Homing Pigeon Club and the Croydon Classic.
This one-of-a-kind partnership aims to foster camaraderie between the two sporting communities, while nurturing
the development of pigeon racing as a competitive and esteemed pursuit.
The Croydon Classic, one of Victoria’s most prestigious pigeon racing events, will take place on Sunday, September
10, 2023, and will feature more than 800 birds. Starting in Mildura, the birds will fly throughout the day to their
respective lofts located across metropolitan and regional areas including Croydon, Dandenong, Morning Mist,
Geelong, Wallan and Melton.
Winners will be determined by their velocity, based on the distance travelled per minute, with each loft and
liberation point having GPS coordinates to calculate the flying time and distance. The prize money, which totals
$15,000, will be divided across the first 10 finishes.
HGA general manager Cynthia O’Brien is excited about the new collaboration and looks forward to cultivating a
culture of mutual support and camaraderie between the two livestock sporting communities.
“Pigeon racing and greyhound racing have long been cherished activities that bring joy to communities and promote
a deep bond between humans and animals,” Ms O’Brien said.
“We are delighted to collaborate with the Croydon Homing Pigeon Club and support the growth of this exciting sport
in Victoria.
“This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to supporting local sports clubs and promoting sportsmanship
in our community."
Croydon Homing Pigeon Club president Steve Aquilina said the partnership would benefit the club financially and
contribute to the overall development and recognition of pigeon racing as a sport.
“It is great that two livestock racing identities have connected,” Mr Aquilina said.
“The Croydon Homing Pigeon Club is really hoping we can have a partnership with the HGA for many years to come
as this race is enhanced and grows over time.”
Mr Aquilina said the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions had caused pigeon racing to take a back seat. Despite
being an outdoor sport, the five-kilometre radius restriction imposed during lockdowns meant pigeon racing was put
on hold for almost two years.
"Pigeon Racing is not just a sport, it's a passion," Mr Aquilina said. "We are thrilled to be finally racing again. It's a
great experience to watch these beautiful birds take flight and showcase their natural abilities in a competitive
HGA has a strong tradition of backing local sports clubs and charitable organisations. The annual Good Friday Appeal
stands out as HGA’s largest fundraising activity. For every race that a designated number four greyhound wins
between January and Good Friday, the HGA pledges a donation of $50 to the Appeal.
In addition to backing the Croydon Classic, HGA will provide its premises to the Croydon Homing Pigeon Club to host
its presentation day and to hold club meetings and events throughout the year.


About Healesville Greyhound Association
HGA is the only straight racing track in Victoria. It has two racing distances (300 and 350 metres) and has over 110
race meetings a year. To find out more visit

About Croydon Homing Pigeon Club
Croydon Homing Pigeon Club was founded in 1920. It currently has more than 20 members. Its biggest event is the
Croydon Classic Race on September 10, 2023. To find out more contact Croydon Homing Pigeon Club president Steve
Aquilina on 0418 36363

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