Heavy games a big draw to Highland Games

The B.C. Legion’s Highland Gathering coming to Ladysmith June 17-19 will offer this community the rare opportunity to view what a true Highland Gathering is all about.

The music competitions, drum major competitions, feasting and heavy games have something for everyone to enjoy.  The big day will kick off with a grand parade down First Avenue. That leads to Aggie Field where all the competitions and demonstrations are held.

The heavy games are not unlike our logger competitions where people compete in skills they use in every day life.  Keep in mind these games were developed in the 1500’s when men, not machines, did the heavy work.  And these guys do it in Kilts.

When the Scot’s came across a narrow chasm they needed to cross they would throw logs across for a foot bridge.  From this they developed the caber toss.  The caber itself is a pole that varies in length from five to 6.5 metres and weigh from 45 to 80 kg. with the smaller end rounded off enough for a thrower to hold in their cupped hands.  He then takes a short run with the caber and then stops and pulls the caber so that the large end hits the ground and the small end flips over and faces away from the thrower.  Scoring is like the face of a clock (our digital generation may have to visit a grandparent for a visual) with the player facing 12:00, a judge behind the thrower calls how close the competitor is to the perfect throw of 12:00 that the small end of the caber lands.  A caber pointing at 11:00 would be worth more than 10:30 but the same as 1:00.  A caber that lands and falls back towards the thrower is scored lower than any that falls away but will still be based upon the maximum vertical angle that the caber achieved.

The hammer throw, and stone throw put are pretty self explanatory with different weights for categories.  The sheaf toss is a bag made of burlap or plastic and stuffed with chopped rope, straw or mulch and weighing between seven to 10 kg.

The sheaf is over a cross bar with a pitch fork.  The bar is raised after each player has had three tries to get over the cross bar.

For more information please visit www.highlandgathering.ca.

 

— Submitted

 

 

Just Posted

Ladysmith business recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace

Ladysmith Home Hardware, Ladysmith Pharmasave, LRCA, and Maya Norte saluted

Editorial: Looking back at windstorm helps us prepare for next time

BC Hydro says it was the most destructive storm in its history

Competition offers $2,000 to Ladysmith and area playwright

Yellow Point Drama Group continues focus on supporting and nurturing local arts scene in 2019

Editorial: Federal byelection, if it happens, is no reason for voter fatigue

If indeed a byelection is called to choose a Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP, we might as well embrace it

Two of Chemainus photographer Marston’s images picked among National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Most Read