High­land Games Star of the Fu­ture

The Oban Times - - Letters - AN­GUS MACPHAIL an­gus­macphail@ya­hoo.co.uk

COM­ING up with enough ma­te­rial for this col­umn is a prospect that ini­tially was a bit daunt­ing and was in­creas­ingly so as I was moved from monthly to fort­nightly to weekly, but (with a touch­ing of wood) some­thing usu­ally comes to mind.

This week I moved quickly from hav­ing noth­ing I felt in­spired to write about, to hav­ing two strands of dif­fer­ing ma­te­rial to choose from and to fash­ion into 500 words of some­thing co­her­ent. In­stead of deal­ing with the dilemma of which one to go with, I will give you a taste of both. Last Sun­day, the Oban and Lorne High­land Games hosted some of the top ath­letes of their type in the world. Com­pet­ing among them was 18-year- old Murdo Master­son from Dun­beg. For some­one as young to com­pete cred­i­bly against the likes of Lorne Colthart, Lukasz Wenta and Kyle Ran­dalls is truly in­cred­i­ble and is an in­di­ca­tor that his fu­ture has the po­ten­tial to be ground-break­ing.

As far as I am aware, in the his­tory of High­land Games no ath­lete as young as Murdo has achieved the dis­tances that he is ca­pa­ble of and he cur­rently holds three world records in the un­der 20s cat­e­gory. They are for the 16lb ham­mer, the 22lb ham­mer and the 28lb weight for dis­tance.

On Sun­day, at Moss­field Sta­dium he threw the 22lb ham­mer over 104 feet, which is re­mark­able.

His achieve­ments are tes­ti­mony to the en­cour­age­ment, gen­eros­ity and skill of coach Shaun Bate, the sup­port of his par­ents, and his own ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make the most of his prodi­gious nat­u­ral strength and tal­ent.

If he con­tin­ues on his cur­rent tra­jec­tory, Murdo’s name in years to come will be placed firmly amongst the leg­ends of High­land Games and he will top­ple many long-stand­ing records.

Murdo Master­son.

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