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Heavy Events at the Games

Dating as far back as the year 1829 BC, to the ancient Tailteann Games, young men could be found testing their strength and skill. A tradition that has stood the test of time. Growing into a method of training for battle, the Heavy Events have evolved into the competitive sport as we know it today.

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Canadian Men's Amateur Championship Competitors

  • Dale Andrew

    Dale Andrew

    • Age: 39
    • 5’9” 205lbs
    • Port Perry, ON
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone28'9"
    Open Stone39'
    Heavy Weight Throw31'3"
    Light Weight Throw64'6"
    Heavy Hammer80'2"
    Light Hammer105'4"
    Caber9:30 22' 100 lbs
    Sheaf Toss26'
    Weight for Height12'6"
  • Matt Daciw

    Matt Daciw

    • Age: 34
    • 5'11" 220lbs
    • Guelph, ON
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone28'2"
    Open Stone38'
    Heavy Weight Throw27'2.5"
    Light Weight Throw58'9"
    Heavy Hammer77'8"
    Light Hammer101'
    Caber12:00 21'7" 91 lbs
    Sheaf Toss28'
    Weight for Height15'
  • Matthew Fast

    Matthew Fast

    • Age: 22
    • 6' 230lbs
    • Cobourg, ON
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone27'11"
    Open Stone34'4"
    Heavy Weight Throw24'8"
    Light Weight Throw54'9.5"
    Heavy Hammer78'
    Light Hammer100'11"
    Caber1:00 21'3" 57 lbs
    Sheaf Toss29'
    Weight for Height12'
  • James Garrick

    James Garrick

    • Age: 45
    • 6'2" 265lbs
    • Edmonton, AB
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone33'2"
    Open Stone40'11"
    Heavy Weight Throw31'2"
    Light Weight Throw65'7"
    Heavy Hammer83'3"
    Light Hammer97'7"
    Caber12:00 18' 90 lbs
    Sheaf Toss26'
    Weight for Height12'
  • Ryan Kennedy

    Ryan Kennedy

    • Age: 20
    • 6'2" 200lbs
    • Antigonish, NS
    • 2015 Junior National Champion
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone27'10.5"
    Open Stone35'6.5"
    Heavy Weight Throw24'1"
    Light Weight Throw51'1"
    Heavy Hammer81'10.5"
    Light Hammer98'9"
    Caber1:30 18' 85lbs
    Sheaf Toss19'
    Weight for Height12'
  • Josh Lockrey

    Josh Lockrey

    • Age: 34
    • 5'9" 245lbs
    • Toronto, ON
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone21'11"
    Open Stone29'10"
    Heavy Weight Throw21'
    Light Weight Throw43'8.5"
    Heavy Hammer61'6"
    Light Hammer80'1"
    Caber12:00 21' 59lbs
    Sheaf Toss20'
    Weight for Height11'
  • Jason McDonald

    Jason McDonald

    • Age: 34
    • 6'2" 285lbs
    • Winnipeg, MB
    • 6 Time MB Shot Put Champion
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone45'9"
    Open Stone36'7"
    Heavy Weight Throw34'9"
    Light Weight Throw69'9"
    Heavy Hammer85'8"
    Light Hammer100'6"
    Caber12:00 18' 65lbs
    Sheaf Toss28'
    Weight for Height12'6"
  • Joe Pocock

    Joe Pocock

    • Age: 30
    • 6'1" 285lbs
    • Langley, BC
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone33'10"
    Open Stone42'8"
    Heavy Weight Throw31'8"
    Light Weight Throw62'4"
    Heavy Hammer80'6"
    Light Hammer99'10"
    Caber12:00 20' 76lbs
    Sheaf Toss20'
    Weight for Height14'
  • Chris Racknor

    Chris Racknor

    • Age: 31
    • 6' 242lbs
    • Lucan, ON
    • SAAA World Amateur Championships: 14th
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone30'2"
    Open Stone41'
    Heavy Weight Throw30'2"
    Light Weight Throw59'5"
    Heavy Hammer86'
    Light Hammer99'8"
    Caber12:15 19'5" 66lbs
    Sheaf Toss28'
    Weight for Height14'
  • Jamie Trask

    Jamie Trask

    • Age: 19
    • 6'3" 220lbs
    • Guelph, ON
    • Junior Canadian Weight for Height Record: 20'
    Personal Best
    Braemar Stone22'7"
    Open Stone37'5"
    Heavy Weight Throw24'2.5"
    Light Weight Throw56'8"
    Heavy Hammer88'4.5"
    Light Hammer101'10.5"
    Caber12:15 20'7" 88lbs
    Sheaf Toss25'
    Weight for Height12'

The Caber

Caber Tossing event at the Cobourg Highland Games

The patriarch of the Heavy Events, Gaelic for "tree", the caber has become infamous all over the world. Its origins came from the tossing of poles over a river to make a bridge, and a form of placing roof trusses on ones' house. This is why, the caber is thrown for accuracy and not for distance. The caber is stood up to the athlete and then picked or "popped up" with the athlete holding the smaller end. It must then be flipped end over end and is judged on the face of a clock with 12:00 being the perfect throw. Although the standard length and weight of cabers has been established, a world class caber could reach upwards of 20ft in length, and weigh in excess of 140lbs.

The Weights

A weapon of choice for William Wallace, the mace as it was called, was a 14lbs iron ball fixed to a chain and handle. The 28lbs and 56lbs weights thrown today, would have been for training allowing for better control in battle. With the throwing area extended to 9ft, the athletes have the opportunity to spin just like the discus, releasing at the right time for the optimum throw. The weights are all measured and weighed before each festival as well as to ensure they do not exceed 18" in length.

The 56lbs in particular, is also thrown for height over a bar. Originally, used to gauge a bag of 50 large potatoes, young men would throw the 56lbs, with the handle fixed directly to the weights, over the branch of the tree to help strengthen the back. Heights over 19' have been recorded.

The Hammers

The Hammers

The first recorded use of hammers in a battle, date back to the Pictish. Warriors used a flaming ball of cloth attached to a rope. They would throw them over wooden ramparts, burning the Romans out of Scotland forever. The hammers used today, are 50" in length, and weigh 16lbs and 22lbs. Unlike the Olympic hammer, the Scottish hammer is thrown with the feet in a fixed position. With spikes attached to the front soles of their boots and tacky on their hands to assist with grip, the athletes root themselves to the ground, rotate the hammer around the upper body, and release over their shoulder attempting to throw out behind them into the field. A cage is required around the thrower for the purpose of protection and safety for spectators.

The Stones

The Hammers

At the battle of Bannuckburn, Scotland's King Robert the Bruce and his 8000 men, drove back King Edwards 18,000 English soldiers, simply by throwing stones. In the sport today, there are two stones. The open stone (16-22lbs), and the breamar stone (22-28lbs). Thrown from inside the 4'6" x 7'6" trig, the open stone can be thrown with any style approach, but the breamar stone must be thrown from a standing position. Like all throws, your best of three attempts is scored.

The Sheaf

The Hammers

A crowd favourite, the sheaf toss is a representation of pitching hay up into a loft. The athletes are given 3 attempts at each height and with the use of a finely sanded pitch fork, they must pitch a burlap sack (16-20lbs), up over a bar. Heights of well over 30ft have been recorded.

Caber Toss on the beach