There’s a bit of Scot­tish in all of us

And you have a chance to show it as the tar­tans fly high this week­end

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY LYNN CUR­WIN

Erin Quinn can have a re­ally good time just toss­ing heavy ob­jects around.

The 29-year-old nurse has been com­pet­ing in Scot­tish heavy events for five years and is one of the women who will be in Bi­ble Hill for the Colch­ester Highland Games & Gath­er­ing this week­end.

“I’ve al­ways been an ath­lete, and when I re­tired from pow­er­lift­ing I felt a lit­tle lost,” she said. “Luck­ily, I found this.”

Quinn was work­ing out at the Univer­sity of New Brunswick cam­pus gym when some­one asked her if she was in­ter­ested in a heavy events work­shop.

“I tried it, and I kind of fell in love with it that night,” she re­called.

“I like tak­ing part in events. It’s re­ally nice to have your sum­mer filled with week­ends where you’re with friends and hav­ing fun. And it’s good for your health.”

Quinn, who lives in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, was in­vited to na­tion­als this year, but work com­mit­ments pre­vented her from go­ing.

She said women who’ve been com­pet­ing for sev­eral years have no­ticed more op­por­tu­ni­ties open­ing up re­cently.

Be­cause her ances­try is Ir­ish, Quinn’s kilt is made of the All Ire­land tar­tan.

“Ev­ery­one should try make it to at least one highland games,” she said. “If you’re not Scot­tish, you get to be Scot­tish for a day, and it’s a re­ally nice time.”

She will be com­pet­ing at the games in Bi­ble Hill on Satur­day morn­ing.

The Colch­ester Highland Games & Gath­er­ing takes place Satur­day and Sun­day at the Nova Sco­tia Pro­vin­cial Ex­hi­bi­tion grounds.

For more on the week­end’s events, go to colch­ester­high­landgames.com.

SALTWIRE FILE PHOTO

Erin Quinn will take part in the Colch­ester Highland Games & Gath­er­ing, in Bi­ble Hill, this week­end.

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