Athletes

The athletes below will be competing in the heavy events competition being held at the 33rd North Lanark Highland Games. This years event is a team competion comprising athletes from New Brunswick vs. Ontario.




Dirk Bishop

  • Age: 52
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 280lbs
  • Occupation: Customs Officer
  • Home Town: Perth-Andover, NB
  • Tartan: Ancient Cameron
  • Years Throwing: 15
  • Accomplishments:
    • 4-Time Masters World Champion
    • 4-Time Canadian Caber Toss Champion
Dirk Bishop

Personal Bests:

Open Stone (17lbs) WFD (28lbs) WFD (56lbs) HM (16lbs) HM (22lbs) WFH (56lbs)
45'10" 76'8.5" 39'10" 131'5" 106'4" 15'


Kevin Robinson

  • Age: 45
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 265 lbs
  • Occupation: Electrician Province of N.B Schools
  • Home Town: Perth-Andover, N.B.
  • Tartan: Weathered Gunn
  • Years Throwing: 14
Kevin Robinson

Accomplishments:

  • 2006 New Brunswick Highland Game Champion
  • CSAF Invitational Championship Competitor 2006 2007 & 2008
  • North American Championships Competitor 2006,2007
  • Springfield Protectworth Highland Games "Masters Champion 2012"
  • Festival Of The Tartans "Masters Champion 2012"

Personal Bests:

Stone (16lbs) Braemar Stone WFD (56lbs) WFD (28lbs) HM (22lbs) HM (16lbs) WFH (56lbs) Sheaf 20lbs)
44'10" 34'10.5" 37'7" 73'3" 100'3" 117'9" 14' 24'


Scott McHugh

  • Hometown: Lincoln, N.B.
  • Height: 6'6"
  • Weight: 320 lbs
  • Tartan: Irish National
  • Years Throwing: 3
Scott McHugh

Personal Bests:

Open Stone LWFD HWFD HHM LHM WFH


Adena Robinson

  • Age: 45
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Hometown: Perth-Andover, N.B
  • Tartan: MacArthur
  • Years Throwing: 10
Adena Robinson

Accomplishments:

  • 2007 New Brunswick Highland Games Champion.
  • 2007 Calgary Highland Games Champion
  • 2012 CSAF Championship Qualified Competitor
  • 2012 Perth-Andover Gathering of the Scotts Champion
  • 2012 Pugwash Highland Games Champion
  • 2012 New Brunswick Highland Games Champion

Personal Bests:

Stone (13lb) HWFD (28lb) LWFD (14lbs) HHM (16lbs) LHM (12lbs) WFH (28lbs) Sheaf (10lbs)
28'5" 33'10" 60'3" 61'11" 75'10.5" 12'9" 20'0.5"


Wendy McCrea

  • Age: 48
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Weight: 235lbs
  • Occupation: Northern Isolation Nurse
  • Home Town: Perth Andover, New Brunswick
  • Tartan: McCrea
  • Years Throwing: Since 2007
  • Accomplishments: 2011 - 3rd in World Masters
Wendy McCrea

Personal Bests:

Open Stone LWFD HWFD LHM HHM WFH Sheaf (10lbs) Caber
30'4" 58'11" 32'1" 73'5" 60'11" 12'6" 20' 12 o'clock


Elizabeth MacDonald

  • Occupation: Dental Hygienist
  • Home Town: Fredericton, NB
  • Years Throwing: 3
Elizabeth MacDonald

I am from Fredericton, NB. I competed in track and field for 13 years and over time competed in hammer, discus, weight throw and shot put. I currently still throw hammer and will throw the weight and shot put this winter. This is my third season competing in the heavy events. I work as registered dental hygienist in downtown Fredericton.

Personal Bests:

Open Stone LWFD HWFD LHM HHM WFH Sheaf (10lbs) Caber






Holly Goldthorp

  • Age: 49
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Occupation: Security Intelligence Officer
  • Tartan: Maple Leaf
  • Years Throwing: 16
  • Accomplishments:
    • 2007 - 3rd place, World Masters Championships, McPherson Kansas
    • 2012 - 2nd place, World Masters Championships, Calgary Alberta
Holly Goldthorp

Personal Bests:

Open Stone LWFD HWFD HHM LHM WFH Sheaf Caber
34'4" 54' 33'5" 64'5" 78'3" 13' 22' 18' 56lbs


Jason Baines

  • Home Town: Greenfield Park QC
  • Current Town: Dalkeith ON
  • Birthdate: 7 Oct. 1978
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 245 lbs
  • Tartan: Maclaughlin
  • Throwing Since: 2008
Jason Baines

Married to Tiffany Dirico (1 daughter)

Personal Bests:

Stone (17.6lb) WFD (28lb) WFD (56lb) HM (22lb) HM (16lb) WFH (56lb) Sheaf (16lb)
40'4" 74'9" 37'5" 112' 129'5" 14' 33'


Heidi Lowry

  • Age: 45
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Occupation: Teacher
  • Home Town: Toronto, Ontario
  • Tartan: Spirit of Scotland
Heidi Lowry

Heidi took up Heavy Events as a dare. A former member of Team Canada's Beach Volleyball team, she now throws heavy things around fields in the summer instead!

She met her husband, Neil Lowry, a fellow competitor, at her first heavy events competition and her life changed. This is now her ninth year competing and she continues to enjoy the camaraderie and competition. She wears the Spirit of Scotland tartan and loves it mostly because it is purple, her favourite colour. Most importantly, she is proud to continue this Scottish tradition and pass on her love of the pipes and Scottish culture to her three children, Isabel-8, Mason-7 and MacPherson-5.

Personal Bests:

Stone (10lbs) WFD (14lbs) WFD (28lbs) HM (12lbs) HM (16lbs) WFH (28lbs) Sheaf (12lbs)
38'3" 70'6" 38'9" 82'10" 67'9" 14' 23'


Markus Wand

  • Birthdate: October 8, 1980
  • Height: 6'4"
  • Weight: 270 lbs
  • Home Town: Raised and residing in Powassan, ON
  • Tartan: Cavan (Irish County)
  • Years Throwing: 15 (2 years Am; 13th year as a Professional)
  • Accomplishments:
    • Former Canadian Record holder in the 20 lb sheaf toss
    • Farmer's Walk: 501 feet in Fergus, 2004 (unofficial World Record)
Markus Wand

Born on October 8, 1980 in North Bay, Ontario and was raised on a family farm in Powassan, Ontario.

Markus is competing in his 15th year as a Heavy Events athlete (13th in the professional division) at 6'4" and 270 lbs. Currently, Markus' top events are the sheaf toss, HWFD and caber.

Graduating in 2003 from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc. Agr.), Markus returned home to the family farm in Powassan where he currently runs a livestock operation of 70 beef cattle and 600 sheep in partnership with his parents.

Personal Bests:

Stone (25lbs) WFD (56lbs) WFD (28lbs) HM (16lbs) HM (22lbs) WFH (56lbs) Sheaf (20lbs)
37'1" 42'5" 78'9" 118'10" 99'10" 14' 34'


Neil Lowry

  • Age: 36
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 275lbs
  • Home Town: Almonte, Ontario
  • Tartan: Modern Dress Gordon
  • Years Throwing: 18th Season
Neil Lowry

Born on June 17th, 1980, in Ottawa, Ontario; two days later Neil went home to his parent's dairy farm and hasn't stopped working since. Over his career, his top events have been the Caber, and sheaf toss. This will be Neil's 18th season as a Heavy Events competitor at 6'1" and 275 lbs.

Neil is a farmer and a licensed Funeral Director in the Province of Ontario for 14 years. He and his wife Heidi (who is a fellow Heavy Events competitor) have 3 awesome kids and reside in the town of Almonte, Ontario.

Personal Bests:

Stone (17lbs) WFD (28lbs) WFD (56lbs) HM (16lbs) HM (22lbs) WFH (56lbs) Sheaf (16lbs)
43'4" 67'8" 34'6" 120'3" 98' 14'6" 33'6"


Lisa MacDonald

  • Home Town: Alexandria
  • Current Town: Alexandria
  • Birthdate: Oct 21 1974
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 190lbs
  • Tartan: MacDonald Dress
  • Throwing Since: 2004
Lisa MacDonald

Personal Bests:

Open Stone LWFD HWFD LHM WFH Sheaf
28'9.0" 47'4.5" 25'5" 66'8.0" 12'0.0" 21'0.0"