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THE GOULD AWARD

ROGER CARR, UK GOULD AWARD WINNER 2017


Roger Carr receiving his award in the presence of Ghalib Al-Nasser (WBO Secretary), Carlos Rama (WBO Chairman), Grant Findlay (WBO Vice Chairman) & Gerd Bleicher (WBO Immediate Past Chairman)

Roger received this prestigious award in recognition of his long service to the fancy in the U.K. for over 60 years (since 1957); but in particular for his involvement, as Chairman of the Budgerigar Society at the time, in creating the WBO when he chaired the initial meetings in 1992 & 1993 which led to the formation of the WBO in 1994. He became the first Chairman of the WBO and served for 12 years. Roger served on the Budgerigar Society General Council for 32 years in many capacities including President, Chairman & Patronage Secretary. He continues to be actively involved with local clubs and helping newcomers to the fancy with his wealth of knowledge.

GREN NORRIS, UK GOULD AWARD WINNER 2016


Gren Norris receiving his award in the presence of Grant Findlay (WBO Vice Chairman), Ghalib Al-Nasser (WBO Secretary), Carlos Rama (WBO Chairman) & Gerd Bleicher (WBO Immediate Past Chairman)

Gren received his award in recognition of his long service to the fancy for over 60 years (since 1954) as a breeder of top quality budgerigars both in the normal varieties as well as the specialist & rare varieties and he is a well respected judge. He served on the Budgerigar Society General Council for 23 years and their past President. Very successful exhibitor with his wife Pat winning major awards at all the top shows including the B.S. Club Show. He shares his wealth of knowledge by helping newcomers to the hobby in the form of lecturing all over the country.

GERD BLEICHER, GERMANY GOULD AWARD WINNER 2015


Gerd Bleicher (WBO Chairman) receiving his award in the presence of Roger Carr (WBO immediate Past Chairman), Beverley Hutt (B.S. President), Ghalib Al-Nasser (WBO Secretary) and Carlos Rama (WBO Vice Chairman)

Gerd received his award, after being nominated by two countries, for his outstanding contribution to his German society the DSV; acting in many positions including chairman of the society from 1968 to 1972, 1973 to 1979 and continuously since 1998. His vast contribution as a writer in many magazines internationally, as well as lecturing around the world was also taken into consideration. He has been WBO Chairman since 2006, promoting the hobby world-wide. Also he was recognised as a breeder of excellence in promoting many varieties, in particular the Anthracite variety, and as an international judge.

GHALIB AL-NASSER, UK – GOULD AWARD WINNER 2014

Ghalib receiving his Gould Award from Gerd Bleicher, WBO Chairman, with the presence of the WBO delegates at their meeting in Istanbul

Ghalib received his award, after being nominated by four countries, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the specialist and rare varieties of budgerigars over a period of forty years in breeding, showing, lecturing and writing about them worldwide. This included his commitment to the Budgerigar Society together with his contribution to and involvement in running and organising many societies and shows in the U.K. particularly since inception of the national Specialist & Rare Variety show in the U.K. Ghalib’s contribution to the WBO, as secretary since 1997 and delegate since 1992, in introducing many countries to the organisation and constant engagement to keep organisations worldwide in contact with each other has also been recognised. He is a global ambassador for the hobby and in demand for judging and lecturing all over the world and has, so far, judged in 30 countries over the 6 continents.

Gould Award Winner 2013

Warren Wilson – Australia

Warren Wilson receiving his award from Gerd Bleicher (WBO Chairman) & Jean Painter (B.S. of N.S.W. President)

Gould Award Winner 2012

Jo Mannes – Germany

Jo Mannes receiving his award from Gerd Bleicher (WBO Chairman) & Ghalib Al-Nasser (WBO Secretary)

Warren received his award in recognition for the work carried out in support of breeding the lesser varieties through his organisation BRASEA, which he established many years ago. And in addition for running auctions to support and sponsor many specialist organisations throughout the World. He set up a special radio program to spread the word of our hobby throughout the World and provide sound advice to anyone with problems. Jo received his award for the work undertaken to change the appearance of the modern exhibition budgerigar from the early 1990s to what we see on the show bench today. His influence on the development of the modern day budgerigar can be seen worldwide. Jo’s depth of knowledge on breeding has been made known to other breeders through his contribution in lectures, articles and books. His success on the show bench in Europe is unsurpassed.

 

The WBO have created their own prestigious award called The Gould Award to commence as from 2011 and to be awarded for Meritorious Services to the World of Budgerigars.

The criteria for such an award to be as follows:

  • The award to be presented to a person who is still alive or who died within 12 months of nomination.

  • A maximum of 1 award per year to be allocated.

  • The Awards Committee to have the right not to award it in any year, regardless of nominations.

  • Any member society can nominate only 1 person per year from any part of the world.

  • Nominations will commence as from 1st January 2011.

  • Closing date for nominations to be 31st December each year.

  • Biographical notes of up to 200 words to accompany the nominations.

  • All nominations to be sent to the Secretary.

  • A Gould Medal and Certificate (both with the WBO logo and John Gould to appear in the design) to be awarded to the winner.

  • The Gould Awards Committee to consist of one fancier from each of the 5 continents together with the Chairman & Secretary as ex-officio.

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