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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.

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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

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Accomplishments: Married to Tiffany Dirico with 1 daughter

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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″

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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

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

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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″

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Lorne Colthart

Birthdate: 1990

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 280 lbs

Home Town: Blair Atholl, Scotland

Current Town: Ottawa

Occupation: Hydro Millwright

Tartan: Stewart of Appin

Throwing Since: 2006

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Accomplishments: Scottish Native Champion 2015/2017, 2017 World Caber champion

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Personal Bests:

Braemar Stone: 41’0″ 22.0lbs.

Open Stone: 41’0″

Sheaf:

Caber:

Light Weight for Distance: 85’0″

Heavy Weight for Distance: 42’6″

Light Hammer: 146’0″

Heavy Hammer: 119’0″

Weight Over Bar: 15’6″

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Sultana Frizell

Birthdate: October 24, 1984

Height: 6’0″

Weight:

Home Town: Perth, Ontario

Current Town:

Occupation:

Tartan: Fraser

Throwing Since: 2017

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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)

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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″

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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

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Open for more

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Accomplishments:

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

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Heidi Lowry

Birthdate:

Height: 5’10”

Weight:

Home Town: Toronto, Ontario

Current Town: Almonte, Ontario

Occupation: Teacher

Tartan: Spirit of Scotland

Throwing Since: 2007

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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.

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    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″

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    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

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    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.

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      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″

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      Elizabeth MacDonald

      Birthdate:

      Height:

      Weight:

      Home Town: Fredericton, New Brunswick

      Current Town:

      Occupation: Dental Hygienist

      Tartan:

      Throwing Since: 2014

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      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.

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        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″

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        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

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        Accomplishments:

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          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″

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          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

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          Accomplishments: 2011 – 3rd in World Masters

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            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″

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            Scott McHugh

            Birthdate:

            Height: 6’6″

            Weight: 320 lbs

            Home Town: Lincoln, New Brunswick

            Current Town:

            Occupation:

            Tartan: Irish National

            Throwing Since: 2014

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            Accomplishments:

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              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″

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              Adena Robinson

              Birthdate:

              Height: 5’9″

              Weight: 165 lbs

              Home Town: Perth-Andover, New Brunswick

              Current Town:

              Occupation:

              Tartan: MacArthur

              Throwing Since: 2007

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              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
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                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″

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                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

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                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”
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                  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″

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                  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

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                  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.

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                      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″

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