Doherty captures Maritime heavyweight crown
Leave the heavy lifting – and throwing – to Matt Doherty.
The Antigonish resident was crowned winner of the Maritime Heavyweight Championship, which was held as part of the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering, Sept. 8-9.
Doherty captured his fifth Canadian Scottish Athletics Federation (CSAF) Championship in July.
Finishing in second place over the weekend was Padraic Moore, a former Ontario resident who now lives in Oxford. Lucas Rob- inson, of Perth Andover, N.B., who was the youngest competitor in the event at 20, was third. Adam Ogilvie, of Debert, who was coordinator for the championship, was fourth. Mike Miller, of Dalhousie, N.B., was fifth; and Clem Seguin, of Grand Falls, N.B., was sixth.
Two pieces of equipment broke when they struck the hard ground during the finals on Sunday. The hammer, which consists of a weight on the end of the piece of lightweight pipe, was repaired and competition continued. The caber, a 20-foot spruce pole, had to be retired from the games and a substitute event, using a caber that’s not quite as long, was added. Instead of throwing the caber for accuracy, which is usual, this event involved throwing for distance.
Adam Ogilvie, of Debert, prepares for a throw during the Maritime Heavyweight Championship. Ogilvie, the only competitor from Colchester County, finished third.
Matt Doherty, of Antigonish, finished first in the Maritime Heavyweight Championship, which was held at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds, in Bible Hill. The championship was part of the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering.