Scottish Highland Games

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Putting the Stone: This event is the same as the Olympic Shot Put, except a smooth rounded stone weighing just over 17 lbs. is used instead of a steel ball. The stone is delivered from behind a 6” x 4’6” long trig or toeboard and must be put from in front of the shoulder using one hand only. The throwing area allows a 7’6” run up and each competitor is allowed 3 attempts, the best one to count. Measurement is made from the trig to the first landing of the stone. Touching the trig or the ground beyond the trig is a foul.

Weight for Distance: The weights are of metal with a chain and a ring handle attached. Total weight is 28 pounds or 56 pounds and the overall length in both weights is 18”. The weight is thrown one handed from behind the same trig used in putting the stone, but with a 9’ run up allowed. Most athletes will spin like a discus thrower for the most efficient throw. Each athlete gets three chances for the longest distance!

The Scottish Hammer Throw: The hammer head is actually a 16 pound steel ball bearing that is bored out, with a cane handle fitted into it. The athlete will resin his hands for a better grip and swing the hammer in a circle over his head several times before releasing it from a twisted position. Because the athlete is throwing the hammer opposite the direction he is facing, spectators are encouraged to stay behind the safety screens! The athlete has 3 attempts to gain the best distance.

The Caber Toss: Cabers are 13’ to 17’ in length and weigh from 70 to 120 pounds. To toss the caber the competitor is assisted in setting it upright with the tapered end resting on the ground. The tosser then lifts it up, balances it in an upright position with hands underneath and the caber resting against his shoulder. Keeping it balanced, he runs to build up speed and momentum. Using strength, balance, timing, speed and the force of the caber, he tries to throw it end over end so the tapered end will land straight ahead (12 o’clock) for a perfect score. If it falls to either side within 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, fewer points are awarded. Three attempts are allowed and best toss determines the winner.

 

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