Sports at the Highland Games
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The Glengarry Highland Games take place in Maxville this weekend, with various sports events among the highlights.
The amateur heavyweights get things rolling bright and early Friday morning (Aug. 3 at 8 a.m.) on the south infield. The slate of scheduled athletes includes local competitors Liam MacNaughton, Rory Cameron, Adam Hurtubise, Steven Van den Oetelaar, and Kevin McLeod.
Athletes compete in disciplines such as stone throw, weight for distance, weight for height, hammer throw, sheaf toss, and caber.
The women’s professional heavyweights competition is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start, overlapping with the amateur men and sharing the infield. Amongst county athletes on the slate are Lisa MacDonald and Laura Reusseur.
Beginning at 1 p.m., at the conclusion of the amateurs, the masters will take to the infield. Lee MacKinnon and Ron Graham will carry
There’s also rugby 7s on Saturday, with the championship games to be played on the infield, starting at 2:30 p.m. The event memorializes Nate ‘The Scotsman’ MacRae and his love of the game.
Ways to participate
First up, today, Aug. 1, is the Highland Games golf tournament. It’s the fifth year of the event, which takes place at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club, in Alexandria, beginning at 11 a.m.
On Saturday, at 9 a.m., the 3rd annual Up the Glens Kilt Run, a 5 km race, starts and finishes at the beer tent.
Sports for the kids
Saturday’s activities for children include the junior heavyweights, a scaled-down competition of Scottish sports, for the younger set. This takes place on the grounds behind the Sports Hall of Fame building.
Track races for kids take place in the afternoon.
Pre- registration for both is encouraged, available online until noon Aug. 2, at https://goo.gl/Ad5Mf6
Registration on the day of the competitions starts at 9 a.m. for the junior heavys and 12:30 p.m. for track.