BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff For Morgan and Madison Palmer, competing at the Glengarry Highland Games is a family affair.
The sisters, who hail from Niagara Falls, are the daughters of Mark Palmer, a perennial Masters competitor at the annual competition. Their mother, Sherry, they say, started the women’s events at the Games.
For Madison, who just turned 18, this was her first year competing in Glengarry. She’s no stranger to Maxville. She’s been coming here since she was 12 and at the age of 14, began competing. Unfortunately, she was unable to compete with the women here until she turned 18, but that didn’t stop her from competing in other events. She and her sister are mainstays on the US circuit, where they often place first and second.
The difference was a little wider in Glengarry as Madison placed seventh while Morgan placed first, winning in the 12 lb stone, 28 lb weight for distance, 14 lb weight for distance and 10 lb sheaf toss. She placed second in 28 lb weight for height and the caber toss and took third in the 12 lb hammer throw.
Madison just finished her first year at Alfred University, where she is doing a double major in art and design and environmental studies. Madison is completing her Masters degree in criminal justice and world law at Niagara University. The final standings for the women’s competition are: 1. Morgan Palmer, Niagara Falls. 2. Susie Lajoie, Middleton, NS 3. Adena Robinson, Perth-Andover, NS 4. Elizabeth MacDonald, Halifax, NS 5. Josée Morneau, Winnipeg, MB 6. Heather Boundy, Lake St. Peter, ON 7. Madison Palmer, Niagara Falls 8. Wendy McCrea, Perth-Andover, NB 9. Laura Reusser, Bow Island, AB 10. Lisa MacDonald, Alexandria, ON