Pigeon racing enthusiasts are seeking the Queen's help to get the activity recognised as a sport, after it emerged they could face being taxed.
Mr O'Connell and Mr Sim are writing a letter to the Queen
Members of Belford Racing Pigeon Club in Northumberland may have to start paying rates on a small shed where they store their race baskets.
Because pigeon racing is not classed as a sport, it may now be subject to an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) levy.
The Queen is patron of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA).
EXEMPT FROM RATES
Under proposals to introduce rates on sports clubs and village halls, groups can formally apply for dispensation from HMRC for 80% relief and then to their local authority for a 20% reduction.
Sports such as yoga, arm-wrestling and trampolining are also exempt from paying rates.
But because pigeon racing is not currently recognised as a sport like football, rugby and athletics, pigeon racers have been told they will have to pay up.
Recognition of a sport is a joint process, operated by the UK's four home country Sports Councils and UK Sport.
Eric Sim, pigeon owner and chairman of Belford Racing Pigeon Club, said: "Pigeon racing has been recognised as a sport for well over 100 years and this latest turn of events will cause many clubs to struggle to make ends meet.
"It seems so unfair and shows what a cheeseparing attitude the treasury can adopt."
Peter Bryant, general manager of the RPRA said it was the first such case he had heard of, but confirmed that HMRC did not recognise pigeon racing as a sport.
He said: "This has been a big issue with the tax people for many years. We have to pay VAT on our subscriptions and as a result it's difficult for us to get grants from the lottery sports board.
"Pigeon racing is really suffering - to impose taxes on people just to store their baskets is crass."
Councillor Geoff O'Connell, of Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council, proposed to raise the matter with HMRC and Berwick constituency MP Alan Beith.
A spokeswoman for Sport England, which promotes sport in the community, said: "The principal criteria against which the sports councils assess activities is whether or not the activity meets the definition of sport contained in the Council of Europe's European Sports Charter 1993.
"This defines sport as all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels."
"Currently, we do not recognise pigeon racing as an official sport."