All the world’s a stage for Mac­Don­ald

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor “Words can­not de­scribe the feel­ing of get­ting my­self on that podium for Canada and for Glen­garry.”

That was Lisa Mac­Don­ald’s re­ac­tion to medalling at the re­cent world masters High­land Games, in Ger­many.

The 18th An­nual Scot­tish Masters Ath­let­ics Heavy Events World Cham­pi­onships were held Sept. 7-9, in Stuttgart.

Her com­pe­ti­tion be­gan with the weight over bar event, where she ad­mits that she didn’t do as well as she had hoped, fin­ish­ing fourth.

Then it was on to the caber which all the ath­letes man­aged to flip; Mac­Don­ald’s best re­sult was 11:30. The women moved on to the chal­lenge caber, where she placed fourth, un­able to turn it, get­ting to 50 de­grees. The sec­ond- and third-place ath­letes did just a bit bet­ter, at 60 and 55 de­grees, re­spec­tively.

These re­sults left Mac­Don­ald stand­ing fourth.

Next up was the Brae­mar stone. The Glen­gar­rian says that her first two of three throws were just OK. As she pre­pared for her fi­nal try, she picked up some point­ers from a pair of Amer­i­can ath­letes, go­ing on to achieve a per­sonal best re­sult. The ef­fort gar­nered Mac­Don­ald her first ever world masters medal, a bronze.

In the open stone event she did even bet­ter, nab­bing sil­ver.

By the end of the day, Mac­Don­ald had moved up to third place in the over­all stand­ings.

The sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion be­gan with what she says is her least favourite event, the weight for dis­tance.

With both the light and heavy im­ple­ments, Mac­Don­ald placed fourth, drop­ping her in the over­all stand­ings too.

How­ever, Mac­Don­ald says she en­tered the last events – the ham­mer throws – feel­ing hope­ful, not­ing these are tra­di­tion­ally stronger events for her.

Start­ing with the heavy ham­mer com­pe­ti­tion, Mac­Don­ald donned her ham­mer boots (with toe spikes that go into the ground for ex­tra con­trol), but found them un­com­fort­able in the beaten up trig (start­ing block).

She switched back to shoes for her third throw, fin­ish­ing fourth.

In the stand­ings, Mac­Don­ald was just two points off a podium fin­ish, and she felt de­ter­mined to over­come that in the last event, the light ham­mer.

As she de­scribes it, she didn’t over­think mat­ters; she just got in the trig and threw. Her best re­sult landed at 18.11 me­tres for sec­ond place.

That re­sult gave her an­other sil­ver medal, but more sig­nif­i­cantly moved her onto the podium, tied for third.

“Some­times you have to believe and never give up,” she says in re­flec­tion.

Mac­Don­ald com­petes each year at the Glen­garry High­land Games, in the women’s pro­fes­sional di­vi­sion.

She aims to at­tend fu­ture world masters games too, in­clud­ing 2019 in Tuc­son, Ari­zona and 2020 in Kil­lar­ney, Ire­land.




FO­CUSED: Lag­gan’s Dar­lene Novosad eyes an air­borne ball, as Van­kleek Hill’s Stephanie An­der­son moves in for the chal­lenge.

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