Heavyweight Events

This year, as in years past, we have an excellent group of athletes competing in all the heavyweight divisions (Amateurs,Open Pros., Women, and Masters.) Many of these athletes have achieved "#1" rankings in numerous prestigious competitions around the world and the list of their accomplishments go on and on.

 
 
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Open Professional Events

Day: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Where: Infield
Judge: Neil Lowry - Almonte, Ontario
Announcer: Christoph Wand - Elora, Ontario

Events

  • Stone (20lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (56lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (28lbs) 
  • Hammer (22lbs.) 
  • Hammer (16lbs.) 
  • Weight/Height (56lbs.) 
  • Sheaf (20lbs.)
  • Caber (Regulation)
  • Challenge Caber (This is the final competition and to qualify for this event the athlete must have successfully turned the Regulation Caber at least once.) There is a special award for this event.

2017 Open Professional competitors

  • Jason Baines - Dalkeith, Ontario
  • Dave Barron - Tarrytown, New York
  • Will Barron - Belgrade, Maine
  • Paul Boundy - Grafton, Ontario
  • Matthew Doherty - Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • Jacob Fast - Horsham, England
  • Danny Frame - Greenwood, Nova Scotia
  • Owen Willems - Guelph, Ontario
  • Austin Sztajdocher - Grafton, Ontario
  • Markus Wand - Powassan, Ontario
  • Robert Young - Calgary, Alberta

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Masters' Events

Day: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: Infield
Judge: Neil Lowry - Almonte, Ontario
Announcer: Christoph Wand - Elora, Ontario

Events

  • Stone (16 lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (42lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (28lbs.)
  • Hammer (16lbs.)
  • Weight/Height (42lbs.)
  • Sheaf (16lbs.)
  • Caber

(Masters will only throw one Hammer.)

2017 Masters competitors

  • Dirk Bishop - Perth-Andover, New Brunswick
  • Jamie Peppard - Middleton, Nova Scotia
  • Steven Clark - Elora, Ontario
  • Berle Conrad - Harrietsville, Ontario
  • Rev. Dr. Kevin Fast - Cobourg, Ontario
  • Lee MacKinnon - Alexandria, Ontario
  • Ron Graham - Apple Hill, Ontario
  • Marc Morin - Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba
  • Mark Palmer - East Aurora, New York
  • Kevin Robinson - Perth-Andover, New Brunswick
  • Warren Trask - Alma, Ontario

There will be an optional "Farmer's Walk" following all of Friday's infield competitions. This event will have no bearing on over-all competition results.

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Professional Women's Events

Day: Friday, August 4, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Infield
Judges: Neil Lowry - Almonte, Ontario, and Warren Trask - Alma, Ontario
Announcer: Christoph Wand - Elora, Ontario

Events

  • Stone (12lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (28lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (14lbs.)
  • Hammer (16lbs.)
  • Weight/Height (28lbs.)
  • Sheaf (10lbs.)
  • Caber

(Women will only throw one Hammer.)

2017 Professional Women competitors

  • Heather Boundy - Lake St. Peter, Ontario
  • Sandi Conrad - Harrietsville, Ontario
  • Tiffany DiRico - Dalkeith, Ontario
  • Kristy Kennedy - Calgary, Alberta (Born in Alexandria, Ontario)
  • Susie Lajoie - Victoria, British Columbia
  • Lisa MacDonald - Alexandria, Ontario
  • Wendy McCrea - Currie Siding, New Brunswick
  • Josee Morneau - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Morgan Palmer - East Aurora, New York
  • Laura Reusser - Bow Island, Alberta (Born in Williamstown, Ontario)
  • Adena Robinson - Perth-Andover, New Brunswick

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Amateur Events

Day: Friday, August 4, 2017
Where: South Infield
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Judge: To be announced

Events

  • Stone (22lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (56lbs.)
  • Weight/Distance (28lbs.)
  • Hammer (22lbs.)
  • Hammer (16lbs.)
  • Sheaf (20lbs.)
  • Weight/Height (56lbs.)
  • Caber

2017 Amateur competitors

To be announced

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Intermediate Heavyweight Events

Day: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Age Groups: This is for teenagers 13 to 17 years old (male or female).

Events

  • 10 lbs. Sheaf Toss
  • 12 lbs. Hammer Throw
  • 12 lbs. Stone Throw
  • 14 lbs. Weight for Distance
  • Caber Toss

Contestants are eligible to compete only if they have attended one of the local clinics or have practiced with a person who does highland games heavy events.

For info on clinic dates and /or registering to compete, contact Lyndon MacNaughton at lyndonshannon@xplornet.com or call 613-551-7874

Highland attire is encouraged and parental supervision is requested.

 

Heavyweight Events Terms

All divisions (Master, Open Pro., Women, and Amateur) compete in heavyweight events that are judged by the same rules and regulations. However, the number of events competed in, as well as the size of some of the implements used in these various divisions will differ. 

 
Josée Morneau, Winnipeg, Man., Canada, Womens Division

Josée Morneau, Winnipeg, Man., Canada, Womens Division

The Caber

This is the most well known and popular of the heavyweight Scottish events. The competitor must "pick" (pick up) the caber, run, and toss it so it lands straight out from him/her at a 12 o'clock position. The caber is tossed for accuracy, not distance. The judge must "call it" just as the caber hits the ground. A side judge will sometimes be used to determine if the caber rotated through 90 degrees - if not - it's a "Fifer" and not counted. The Caber can be any size, and can range between 18'-26', and weigh from (approximately) 100 lbs. - 150 lbs. Size is important, but so is the athlete's style.The athlete gets three attempts in this and all the heavyweight events. An added feature at some games-Maxville included (and time permitting,) - is an "unofficial event" - The Challenge Caber. This "stick" is bigger than the "official" caber used, and the athlete must qualify to throw it by turning the regulation caber at least once.

 

The Stone

This event is much like the more familiar shot put, except a field stone weighing between 16 and 26 lb. is used. It is "put" from behind a "trig"- which is a marker log on the ground - and the athlete may not cross the trig at any time or his/her throw isn't counted. The stone may be "put" either Braemar (standing) or standard style as in regular shot-put fashion. (The stone, weights for distance and hammers are measured to where they hit the ground - and not to where they end up through rolling or bouncing.)

Warren Trask, Alma, Ont., Canada, Open Pros. Division

Warren Trask, Alma, Ont., Canada, Open Pros. Division

 
Will Barron, Syracuse, N.Y., U.S.A., Open Pros. Division

Will Barron, Syracuse, N.Y., U.S.A., Open Pros. Division

The Hammers

These weights come in various sizes, and are tossed similarly to the Olympic style.The difference is mostly in the hammer itself - the Scottish hammer is heavier (weighing either 12, 16, or 22 lbs) with the hammer head made of lead, and the handle made of wicker/rattan, which is strong and can flex on impact. The competitor vigorously rotates the hammer to gain momentum, and releases it into the air. The throw is measured for distance to where the hammer hits the ground. Most athletes wear special "hammer boots" - a heavy boot with a long spike (bayonet) at each of the toe-ends - which they dig into the earth to help maintain ground contact during rotation. Again, the athlete must stay behind the trig for this event.There are normally two hammer events - a heavier weight is thrown in the first of the hammer competitions, and then a lighter weight is thrown in the second. Often Masters and Women will throw only one hammer. 

 

The Sheaf

This, like many of the events, derives from the farming traditions of Scotland, and grew out of a competition to see who could toss a sheaf of wheat the highest. Today the sheaf is a 16 or 20 lb. bag of twine and burlap, (Women competitors throw a 10lb. sheaf ) and a standard pitch fork is used to toss it over a horizontal bar. Competitors get 3 attempts at each height, and getting the sheaf over the bar even once, lets the athlete move on to the next height. Three misses at a height and you are eliminated. The highest tosser wins and in the event of a tie, the one with the fewest misses throughout this competition wins. 

Lyndon MacNaughton, Dalkeith, Ont., Canada, Amateurs Division

Lyndon MacNaughton, Dalkeith, Ont., Canada, Amateurs Division

 
Harvey Barkauskas, London, Ont., Canada, Masters Division

Harvey Barkauskas, London, Ont., Canada, Masters Division

Weight For Distance

There are two events in the weights for distance. A heavier weight is thrown in the first competition, and a lighter weight is thrown in the second. Open Pros. and Amateurs throw a 56 lb. then a 28 lb. weight; Masters throw a 42 lb. then a 28 lb. weight, and the Women throw a 28 lb. then a 14 lb. weight.The athlete spins to gain momentum on the weight, and hurls it as far as possible while maintaining control behind the trig. Measurement, again, is to where the weight hits the ground, and the rules are the same for all.

Weight For Height

In this event, the athlete, using only one hand, attempts to heave the weight up and over a horizontal bar. The open Pros. and Amateurs throw a 56 lb. weight; Masters usually throw a 42 lb. weight, and Women in most cases throw a 28 lb. weight. The throw is good (even if the bar is struck by the weight) as long as the weight goes over. As in the sheaf, success in even one attempt means you move on to the next height - failing in all three attempts at a height and the competitor is eliminated. Highest tosser wins, and in a tie the one with fewest misses is the victor.

Jamie Barr, Fife, Scotland, Open Pros. Division

Jamie Barr, Fife, Scotland, Open Pros. Division

Contact Information and General Inqueries:

Rod McLeod,
(Open Pros., Masters, Women)
E-mail: lochaber@hawk.igs.net
Phone: 1-613-347-1377 

Allen MacMillan, 
(Amateurs)
E-mail: allenmacmillan@hydroottawa.com
Phone: 1-613-291-0532