All the world’s a stage for MacDonald
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.
WORLD LISA MACDONALD
FOCUSED: Laggan’s Darlene Novosad eyes an airborne ball, as Vankleek Hill’s Stephanie Anderson moves in for the challenge.