Feats of strength

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By Rick Palsgrove
Eastside Editor

Brandon Crawford gets set to hurl a 24 pound stone as part of the Braemer Stone toss event. The stones for this event, which is an early version of today’s shot put, can be of various shapes, according to the Great Lakes Scottish Athletic Association.
Brandon Crawford gets set to hurl a 24 pound stone as part of the Braemer Stone toss event. The stones for this event, which is an early version of today’s shot put, can be of various shapes, according to the Great Lakes Scottish Athletic Association.

A bit of Scotland could be found in Reynoldsburg’s Huber Park as men and women athletes wearing traditional colorful kilts took part in the Scottish Highland Games on Tartan Day on April 11.
The games pit the muscles and tendons of the human body against the heavy mass of inanimate weighty objects.
According to Brian Huntley, president of the Great Lakes Scottish Athletes Association and athletic director for the Tartan Day Highland Games Athletics, the Scottish Highland Games included open stone, Braemar Stone, light weight for distance, heavy weight for distance, weight over bar, caber, sheaf, and heavy and light hammer. Four classes of athletes competed including Amateur A Class, B Class, Master Class, and Women’s Class.
The atmosphere for the games in Huber Park was relaxed, yet there was an intensity in the concentration and effort of the athletes as they performed in the events. Though it was a chilly morning, the athletes worked up a sweat.
The competition among the athletes was good natured, as evidenced after one fellow delivered a mighty toss of the heavy hammer and one of his competitors joked about his technique stating, “You’ve been studying YouTube videos!”
The Braemer Stone, the heavy hammer and other various weighted objects made various sounds, ranging from “thump” and “thunk” to “whump” and “thud,” as they hit the soft ground after being tossed.

Robert McKeeman throwing the heavy hammer at the Scottish Highland Games held at Reynoldsburg’s Tartan Day in Huber Park on April 11. McKeeman said the hammer, which is a ball of metal attached to a long handle, weighs 22 pounds. Historically, a blacksmith’s hammer was used in the origins of this event, according to the Great Lakes Scottish Athletic Association.
Robert McKeeman throwing the heavy hammer at the Scottish Highland Games held at Reynoldsburg’s Tartan Day in Huber Park on April 11. McKeeman said the hammer, which is a ball of metal attached to a long handle, weighs 22 pounds. Historically, a blacksmith’s hammer was used in the origins of this event, according to the Great Lakes Scottish Athletic Association.the soft April ground after being tossed.

Visit http://glsaa.com/Events.html to learn more about the Scottish Highland Games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Auker tosses a 28 pound weight backwards over a bar. The bar is raised when participants’ tosses clear the bar.
Ashley Auker tosses a 28 pound weight backwards over a bar. The bar is raised when participants’ tosses clear the bar.

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