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.
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.
The latest additions to our website photo galleries include images from Glengarry Minor Baseball's playoff day, the Alexandria Open golf tournament, and a training session for heavyweights competitors preparing for the Glengarry Highland Games.
You can check out all the photos here.
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.