PIPA introduces Frank McLaughlin as a new supply agent for America

May 5, 2018
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Frank McLaughlin has been a pigeon fancier since he was 7 years old. His father bought a pair of fantail pigeons to add to Frank’s chicken coop. Over the next few years, the fantails went from 2 to 12 pigeons, and Frank decided to release a few of them. The fantails flew around and returned to the chicken coop.

Frank’s father knew a person who had racing pigeons and thought that it would be interesting if Frank would enjoy them. When the 10 year old Frank saw the racing pigeons, he was hooked and started racing in 1974.

In 1980, when Frank was only 18 years old, he won 4 futurity races and his first All-American award. Frank decided to advertise the winners on the cover of the Racing Pigeon Bulletin and so his pigeon sales business began. In the coming years, McLaughlin Lofts won many national and local awards racing in the powerful Greater Boston Concourse.

In 1989, Frank made his first trip to Belgium and continued to visit Belgium in January and July almost every year. Over the next 3 decades, McLaughlin Lofts introduced many exceptional pigeon lines to the USA pigeon sport. His business grew from pigeon sales to importing and exporting of pigeons and Frank became also the North American Coordinator for the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race. Frank also enjoyed leading seminars, participating on panels, writing articles and mentoring both new and experienced fanciers.

A career highlight came in 2014, when Frank was awarded the American Racing Pigeon Union Legend of the Sport Award.

A life highlight is his wife Robin, son Landon (12 years old) and daughter Lia (18 years old). In Frank’s spare time he enjoys travelling with the family, exercising at the local gym, fishing and tending to his tropical fish.

Over the next several years, Frank plans to assist PIPA in introducing the best U.S. pigeons and fanciers to the international pigeon sport. The U.S. not only has extremely competitive racing areas but is also the mecca for one loft racing in the sport. The quality of American pigeons will certainly make a big impact around the globe and PIPA is the perfect platform to showcase these superstars.

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