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The Canadian Matthew DOHERTY will have no real problem with his French when he comes to Bressuire for the Worlds.

Of course, his résumé is in English but the champion born in Quebec has added a short message in French to the Bressuire blogger:

"Allo, Alain

Matthew Doherty, 30 ans, Enseignant à Antigonish, Nouvelle Écosse

J'ai aussi pratiqué l'athlétisme, l'haltérophilie, le judo, le badminton, le squash, le volleyball.
Je voudrais me classifié sur le podium pour les championnats de Bressuire."
It proves the Antigonish teacher is quite a gentleman with a lot of experience in sports and with the ambition to be in the Top 3 at the Worlds in Bressuire.

His résumé

  • 6’1" 235 lbs
  • 30 yrs old
  • 11 yrs throwing Highland Games
  • Born: Cowansville, Quebec
  • Hometown: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Tartan: Irish County of Donegal

307309_102608339846804_1061626971_nHighland Games pr’s

  • Braemar Stone - 22 lb 43'10” Canadian Record
  • Open Stone – 56'6" 17lb, 50’11” 20lb Canadian Record
  • Light Hammer – 146’6” Canadian Record
  • Heavy Hammer – 119'10.5” Canadian Record
  • Light Weight For Distance – 89’3”
  • Heavy Weight For Distance – 44’7.5”
  • Weight Over Bar – 17’2”
  • 20lb Sheaf – 30’


-2013, 2014 CSAF Canadian Heavy Events Champion

-2014 Victoria International HG Champion

-5th, 2013, 2014 World Championships

-3rd at 2009 IHGF world team championships

-4th at 2010, 2013 IHGF world team championships

-2010 Canadian Track and Field National Champion-hammer throw

From Track and Field to Highland Games

140824 WHGC Dunfermline-1263Like many other Heavies, Matthew DOHERTY comes from track and field.

But unlike Scott RIDER who was a shotput champion, for Matt,i t was hammer-throw.

Never mind! It's just history the other way round!

The links between the Highland Games and the Olympics

It just proves Pierre de Coubertin, the inventer of the modern Olympics in 1896, was kind of visionary when he "borrowed" these two events from the Highland Games.

And you  know what? Pierre de Coubertin did the same for pole-vaulting!

_ND70766READ this story on the blog (just a click) with an interview of Dave WEBSTER, the great specialist of Highland Games.

Now, it's the other way round.

Our Heavies start with the Olympic events and become famous with the Scottish Games!

That's just awesome!


Matt in the Top 3?

To be or not to be on the Bressuire victory stand on June 14?

That is the question for Matt DOHERTY.

With his personal best, sure he can do it...

Bressuire highland jb bisBut with such a line up (just a click to see the slide-show!) he will have to be super strong and to throw very far.

In the meantime, we just have to wait and see...

Alain CADU


Previously on the blog


2- Seb WENTA,Poland

3-Sinclair PATIENCE, Scotland