Athletes

The North Lanark Highland Games welcomes champion heavyweight athletes from across Canada and abroad to compete in traditional Highland athletics. Spectators are welcomed to the grandstands to join in the excitement as athletes display their skills in traditional events such as the Hammer Throw, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, Sheaf Toss, Stone Throw, and the infamous Caber Toss.

The NLHG has been proud to host the following athletes in past Games and we hope you’ll join us this year to see who will be fighting for the titles in Male Professional, Female Professional and Amateur competitions, while setting Personal Bests and even new World Records.

  • Jason-Baines

    Jason Baines

    Birthdate: October 7, 1978

    Height: 6’0″

    Weight: 245 lbs

    Home Town: Greenfield Park, Quebec

    Current Town: Dalkeith, Ontario

    Occupation:

    Tartan: Maclaughlin

    Throwing Since: 2008


    Open for more


    Accomplishments: Married to Tiffany Dirico with 1 daughter


    Personal Bests:

    Braemar Stone: 31’10.0″ 22.2lbs.

    Open Stone:

    Sheaf: 31’2.0″ 0.0lbs.

    Caber: 12:0 22’2.0″ 93.0lbs.

    Light Weight for Distance: 79’4.0″

    Heavy Weight for Distance: 40’4.0″

    Light Hammer: 134’4.0″

    Heavy Hammer: 115’4.0″

    Weight Over Bar: 14’0.0″

  • Dirk-Bishop

    Dirk Bishop

    Birthdate:

    Height: 6’1″

    Weight: 280 lbs

    Home Town: Perth-Andover, New Brunswick

    Current Town:

    Occupation: Customs Officer

    Tartan: Ancient Cameron

    Throwing Since: 2004


    Open for more


    Accomplishments: 4-Time Masters World Champion, 4-Time Canadian Caber Toss Champion


    Personal Bests:

    Braemar Stone: 40’9.0″ 22.0lbs.

    Open Stone: 49’2.0″ 16.4lbs.

    Sheaf: 31’0.0″ 16.0lbs.

    Caber: 11:15 19’0.0″ 146.0lbs.

    Light Weight for Distance: 76’8.5″

    Heavy Weight for Distance: 53’0.0″

    Light Hammer: 131’5.0″

    Heavy Hammer: 106’4.0″

    Weight Over Bar: 18’0.0″

  • Sultana-Frizell

    Sultana Frizell

    Birthdate: October 24, 1984

    Height: 6’0″

    Weight:

    Home Town: Perth, Ontario

    Current Town:

    Occupation:

    Tartan: Fraser

    Throwing Since: 2017


    Open for more


    Accomplishments: Canadian Record Holder in Light Weight for Distance and Weight Over Bar (both records set in her first competition, New Brunswick Highland Games in Fredericton, NB.  Track & Field Olympian (2008, 2012)


    Personal Bests:

    Braemar Stone:

    Open Stone: 46’1.0″ 8.2lbs.

    Sheaf:

    Caber: 12:30 16’6.0″ 48.0lbs.

    Light Weight for Distance: 78’11.5″

    Heavy Weight for Distance: 37’0.5″

    Light Hammer: 92’8.0″

    Heavy Hammer: 74’5.0″

    Weight Over Bar: 17’0.0″

  • Holly Goldthorp

    Holly Goldthorp

    Birthdate:

    Height: 5’9″

    Weight:

    Home Town:

    Current Town: Bracebridge, Ontario

    Occupation: Security Intelligence Officer

    Tartan: Maple Leaf

    Throwing Since: 2004


    Open for more


    Accomplishments:

    • 2007 – 3rd place, World Masters Championships, McPherson Kansas
    • 2012 – 2nd place, World Masters Championships, Calgary Alberta

    Personal Bests:

    Braemar Stone: 23’11.5″ 13.8lbs.

    Open Stone: 34’1.0″ 8.6lbs.

    Sheaf: 21’0.0″ 0.0lbs.

    Caber: 12:0 17’0.0″ 48.0lbs.

    Light Weight for Distance: 55’0.0″

    Heavy Weight for Distance: 43’11.0″

    Light Hammer: 76’10.0″

    Heavy Hammer: 64’7.0″

    Weight Over Bar: 13’0.0″

  • Heidi Lowry

    Heidi Lowry

    Birthdate:

    Height: 5’10”

    Weight:

    Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

    Current Town: Almonte, Ontario

    Occupation: Teacher

    Tartan: Spirit of Scotland

    Throwing Since: 2007


    Open for more


    Accomplishments: 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, Mason and MacPherson.


      Personal Bests:

      Braemar Stone: 27’9.8″ 12.2lbs.

      Open Stone: 41’7.5″ 8.0lbs.

      Sheaf: 20’0.0″ 8.0lbs.

      Caber: 11:0 16’0.0″ 57.0lbs.

      Light Weight for Distance: 72’10.3″

      Heavy Weight for Distance: 34’9.0″

      Light Hammer: 85’11.5″

      Heavy Hammer: 65’9.5″

      Weight Over Bar: 12’0.0″

    • Neil Lowry

      Neil Lowry

      Birthdate: June 17, 1980

      Height: 6’1″

      Weight: 275 lbs

      Home Town: Almonte, Ontario

      Current Town: Almonte, Ontario

      Occupation: Farmer, Funeral Director

      Tartan: Modern Dress Gordon

      Throwing Since: 2004


      Open for more


      Accomplishments:  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. Neil is a farmer and a licensed Funeral Director in the Province of Ontario for over 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:

        Braemar Stone: 30’9.0″ 22.5lbs.

        Open Stone:

        Sheaf: 32’0.0″ 16.0lbs.

        Caber: 0:15 22’10.0″ 93.0lbs.

        Light Weight for Distance: 67’8.0″

        Heavy Weight for Distance: 34’6.5″

        Light Hammer: 120’3.5″

        Heavy Hammer: 98’0.0″

        Weight Over Bar:  14’6.0″

      • Elizabeth-MacDonald

        Elizabeth MacDonald

        Birthdate:

        Height:

        Weight:

        Home Town: Fredericton, New Brunswick

        Current Town:

        Occupation: Dental Hygienist

        Tartan:

        Throwing Since: 2014


        Open for more


        Accomplishments: 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:

          Braemar Stone: 27’9.8″ 12.2lbs.

          Open Stone: 41’7.5″ 8.0lbs.

          Sheaf: 20’0.0″ 8.0lbs.

          Caber: 11:0 16’0.0″ 57.0lbs.

          Light Weight for Distance: 72’10.3″

          Heavy Weight for Distance: 34’9.0″

          Light Hammer: 85’11.5″

          Heavy Hammer: 65’9.5″

          Weight Over Bar: 12’0.0″

        • Lisa MacDonald

          Lisa MacDonald

          Birthdate: October 21, 1974

          Height: 5’9″

          Weight: 190 lbs

          Home Town: Alexandria, Ontario

          Current Town: Alexandria, Ontario

          Occupation:

          Tartan: MacDonald Dress

          Throwing Since: 2004


          Open for more


          Accomplishments:


            Personal Bests:

            Braemar Stone: 20’11.0″ 12.0lbs.

            Open Stone: 29’4.0″ 10.0lbs.

            Sheaf: 23’0.0″ 8.0lbs.

            Caber: 12:0 15’0.0″ 55.0lbs.

            Light Weight for Distance: 47’4.5″

            Heavy Weight for Distance: 25’5.5″

            Light Hammer: 66’8.0″

            Heavy Hammer: 52’0.0″

            Weight Over Bar: 12’0.0″

          • Wendy-McCrea

            Wendy McCrea

            Birthdate: 

            Height: 5’8″

            Weight: 235 lbs

            Home Town: Perth Andover, New Brunswick

            Current Town:

            Occupation: Northern Isolation Nurse

            Tartan: McCrea

            Throwing Since: 2007


            Open for more


            Accomplishments: 2011 – 3rd in World Masters


              Personal Bests:

              Braemar Stone: 25’1.5″ 13.0lbs.

              Open Stone: 31’3.5″ 8.0lbs.

              Sheaf: 24’0.0″ 8.0lbs.

              Caber: 12:2 17’2.0″ 52.0lbs.

              Light Weight for Distance: 59’7.0″

              Heavy Weight for Distance: 32’7.0″

              Light Hammer:  73’5.0″

              Heavy Hammer: 60’11.0″

              Weight Over Bar:  13’0.0″

            • Scott-McHugh

              Scott McHugh

              Birthdate:

              Height: 6’6″

              Weight: 320 lbs

              Home Town: Lincoln, New Brunswick

              Current Town:

              Occupation:

              Tartan: Irish National

              Throwing Since: 2014


              Open for more


              Accomplishments:


                Personal Bests:

                Braemar Stone: 33’8.0″ 23.0lbs.

                Open Stone:  45’1.5″ 16.6lbs.

                Sheaf: 27’0.0″ 16.0lbs.

                Caber: 12:15 20’3.0″ 104.0lbs.

                Light Weight for Distance: 64’6.5″

                Heavy Weight for Distance: 33’8.0″

                Light Hammer: 109’2.0″

                Heavy Hammer: 91’7.0″

                Weight Over Bar:  14’0.0″

              • Adena Robinson

                Adena Robinson

                Birthdate:

                Height: 5’9″

                Weight: 165 lbs

                Home Town: Perth-Andover, New Brunswick

                Current Town:

                Occupation:

                Tartan: MacArthur

                Throwing Since: 2007


                Open for more


                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:

                  Braemar Stone: 25’1.5″ 12.2lbs.

                  Open Stone: 35’1.0″ 8.2lbs.

                  Sheaf:

                  Caber: 11:50 16’0.0″ 57.0lbs.

                  Light Weight for Distance: 62’4.0″

                  Heavy Weight for Distance: 34’6.0″

                  Light Hammer: 78’0.0″

                  Heavy Hammer: 63’2.0″

                  Weight Over Bar: 14’0.0″

                • Kevin Robinson

                  Kevin Robinson

                  Birthdate:

                  Height: 6’2″

                  Weight: 265 lbs

                  Home Town: Perth-Andover, New Brunswick

                  Current Town:

                  Occupation: Electrician, Province of N.B Schools

                  Tartan: Weathered Gunn

                  Throwing Since: 2002


                  Open for more


                  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:

                    Braemar Stone: 34’10.5″ 22.8lbs.

                    Open Stone: 44’7.5″ 16.6lbs.

                    Sheaf: 29’0.0″ 20.0lbs.

                    Caber: 0:0 20’6.0″ 110.0lbs.

                    Light Weight for Distance: 73’3.0″

                    Heavy Weight for Distance: 50’1.0″

                    Light Hammer: 117’9.0″

                    Heavy Hammer: 100’3.0″

                    Weight Over Bar: 17’0.0″

                  • Markus Wand

                    Markus Wand

                    Birthdate: October 8, 1980

                    Height: 6’4″

                    Weight: 270 lbs

                    Home Town: Powassan, Ontario

                    Current Town: Powassan, Ontario

                    Occupation: Farmer

                    Tartan: Cavan (Irish County)

                    Throwing Since: 2002


                    Open for more


                    Accomplishments:

                    • Former Canadian Record holder in the 20 lb sheaf toss
                    • Farmer’s Walk: 501 feet in Fergus, 2004 (unofficial World Record)

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

                        Braemar Stone: 34’3.0″ 22.5lbs.

                        Open Stone:

                        Sheaf: 37’0.0″ 16.0lbs.

                        Caber: 12:10 20’0.0″ 132.0lbs.

                        Light Weight for Distance: 78’0.0″

                        Heavy Weight for Distance: 42’5.0″

                        Light Hammer: 118’10.0″

                        Heavy Hammer: 99’10.0″

                        Weight Over Bar: 14’0.0″