Gerard Schalkwijk from Lopik has in recent years been one of the top fanciers in the Central Netherlands and now the whole of the Netherlands. He is a descendant of a large pigeon family. The name Schalkwijk has been at the head of the results for decades. His mentor was his father Ries, who unfortunately passed away years ago. He made Gerard the pigeon fancier he is today. While father Ries made a mark on the program races, Gerard concentrated on the marathon races. For this he has now built up a beautiful family of pigeons.