Photos from heavyweight competitions at the 2017 edition of The Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville can now be viewed in our online galleries here. The Aug. 9 edition of The Glengarry News will have full coverage of this year's Games.
Since its inception in 2010, the intermediate heavyweights division has groomed a number of teen athletes in the traditional Scottish sports, with several of the competitors moving on to compete in the amateur (adult) class.
The Aug. 2 edition of The Glengarry News includes a story about a recent training session for the current crop of teen heavys. We also have photos in our gallery here.
Adam Hurtubise, a current amateur competitor, holds the all-time intermediate record in the sheaf toss, achieving a mark of 28 feet.
Best ever in the 14-pound weight for distance goes to Jamie Trask (80 feet, 8 inches), who is also tops in the stone throw (43 feet, 7 inches).
Scott Bishop holds the mark in the hammer throw, with a best result of 106 feet, 1 inch.
Rugby 7s will be held as part of the Glengarry Highland Games this weekend, billed as the Nate MacRae Memorial Invitational.
Preliminary matches are scheduled for Friday, from 2 to 6pm, on the field behind the Clan Building. The idea is the have three games played per hour. Finals will take place Saturday afternoon, on the infield, in front of the grandstand.
Nate MacRae was an enthusiastic young man, who lost his battle with cancer. He was a sportsman, loving the competition and companionship generated through sports. He loved his Celtic heritage and was lovingly called, “The Scotsman” by his teammates and friends.
Rugby at the Games will certainly provide exciting play in this historical Scottish game.
The competition is being organized by Alex de Wit.
Online, advance registration for children's competitions at the Glengarry Highland Games is available here.
The junior heavyweights will be held Saturday morning, with the track events on Saturday afternoon. Advance registration closes Thursday, Aug. 3, at noon. It will still be possible to register onsite, but parents are advised to arrive early to do so.
Local boys and girls ages 13-17 are invited to attend the July 15 clinic on the field at Laggan Public School, starting at 9am. Under the auspices of veteran competitor Lisa MacDonald, teen athletes will be introduced to the heavyweight events and given an opportunity to try each, with spots in the Intermediate Heavyweights competition at the Glengarry Highland Games on the line.
The number of competitors for the Maxville Games will be capped at 8 this year.
Events will include the following: 10 lb. sheaf toss, 12 lb. hammer throw, 12 lb. stone throw, 14 lb. weight for distance, and caber turn.
Highland attire is encouraged, and parental supervision requested for the competition.
Clinic attendance is mandatory to qualify for the Aug. 5 competition, which this year will be moved to the infield, in front of the grandstand. In past years, it had been held outside the fenced area on one of the soccer fields.
The second annual Up the Glens Kilt run 5k will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, as part of the closing of the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville. Entry is $50, which includes admission to the Games for Saturday, along with a souvenir T-shirt and bib, and the use of a timing device.
The event is open to anyone 13 years of age and older, and as the name suggests, participants must wear a kilt.
Online registration is available here.
A video of the race course can be viewed below.