21 mai 2015

The 12 Champions: 12- Scott RIDER from bobsleigh to caber

His first name is quite a paradox. RIDER is Scott but he is also English. And, according to his passion for the Highland Games, we can imagine he comes from Scot(t)land! But Scott RIDER, the English champion with a Scottish Christian name, feels French when he is in Bressuire (photo in 2010 with Craig SINCLAIR from Scotland)Certainly because he is one of Bressuire's favorite sons. A thrower and a coachAs a thrower and as a coach for the French Bockers, he has already had  several opportunities to come to our city.That's why... [Lire la suite]

18 mai 2015

Hammers and pipers in Bressuire: a giant ten pin bowling alley

You can't imagine Highland Games without pipers.Whether they take place in Bressuire, France or anywhere else in the world! But have you ever noticed that when the hammer throwers start throwing, the pipers are no longer piping? In fact, they are nowhere to be seen having run for cover up to the castle forecourt. How can we explain such behaviour on the part of those whose ancestors in days of yore used to boldly lead Scottish armies into battle against their English foe, bagpiping the Scots to victory as the English fled in... [Lire la suite]
13 mai 2015

The 12 Champions 11- Robert FAZEKAS from discus to caber

Robert FAZEKAS will represent Hungary at the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire, France. Even if he became the IHGF amateur World champion two years ago in Germany, most people just know him as a discus-thrower with impressive results and also problems with drug-testsRobert Fazekas: His ups and downs2002: European champion2003: Vice World champion in Paris2004: disqualified after his gold medal at the Olympics in Athens2008: Finished eighth at the Olympic Games in Beijing2010: Bronze medal at the European Championship in Barcelona2012:... [Lire la suite]
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11 mai 2015

Two chieftains for the IHGF Shield in Bressuire

Jean-Louis COPPET, the man in charge of the World Championships in Bressuire has just given the names of the chieftains for the Bressuire Worlds on June 13 and 14 Francis BREBNER, the president of the IHGF Franck FERRAND, a radio and TV host in France. With them, the Highland Games will celebrate sport and history.From caber-tosser to chieftain Francis BREBNER, as everybody knows, is a seven-times caber-tossing world champion and he has always been involved in Highland Games. He knows Bressuire, its church tower, Jean-Louis... [Lire la suite]
06 mai 2015

MUSING in poetry : Knockin' down the Church tower

What is it, you may wonder, that can regularly inspire The stone putters to throw ever higher and higher? What is it that spurs the hammer throwers on To hurl their missiles with gusto, like bullets from a gun? Well, I’ll tell you what gives them such incredible power – They’re trying to knock down Bressuire Church Tower! With all the champions who’ve already been It’s a marvel the tower is still on the scene And now it has every good reason to quake For two future events could leave disaster in their wake: The European... [Lire la suite]
03 mai 2015

Les 12 Mondiaux: 10- Craig SINCLAIR, le charpentier écossais

Pas étonnant que l'une des specialités de Craig SINCLAIR soit le lancer de marteau! Il est charpentier de son état et il pratique cette activité entre deux lancers. Il a déjà montré l'étendue de ses talents à Bressuire où il participé aux Highland Games en 2009 et 2010. Il a même eu droit au podium pour se première visite, terminant troisième derrière Gregor EDMUNDS son compatriote et Hans LOLKEMA le hollandais L'édition 2010, avec un plateau exceptionnel, a été plus délicate pour lui puisqu'il a dû se contenter de la huitième... [Lire la suite]
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30 avril 2015

Before the IHGF Worlds, the Highland Games go to school

Thanks to the partnership between the Bressuire Highland Games and 12 schools in the area, about 200 pupils in Deux-Sèvres can discover Scotland, its traditions, its "Flower of Scotland" and, of course, its Highland Games. Quizzes, conferences by Gavin ANDERSON and even adapted Highland Games help them discover and appreciate this country at school and during extra-curricular activities. That was the case in Parthenay a fews weeks ago. Pupils can hear about Scotland not only in English, History and Geography lessons but also in... [Lire la suite]
25 avril 2015

Les 12 Mondiaux 9-Un Jono Macfarlane tambour battant

Jono MACFARLANE, le néo-zélandais formé pour être pasteur baptiste, est un drôle de paroissien. Attention! Il ne pille pas les troncs. Il se contente de les retourner. Guiness is good for Jono Il continue à lire la Bible mais n'oublie pas le Guiness Book où il figure pour deux titres mondiaux: le lancer d'homme volant et consentant avec un jet à 4,87 mètres le lancer de machine à laver (record acquis en 2009 avec 4,015 mètres, mais battu depuis)   Tambour battant C'est dire s'il mène ses lancers de machines à laver... [Lire la suite]
24 avril 2015

The Bressuire volunteers ready for the IHGF Worlds

Just have a look at this photo! These happy people are some of the 200 volunteers and more who are ready for the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire on June 13, 14. Don't worry, be heavy They want this competition to be very successful because this is a historical first for the city and for France. And they are ready for their D-Day where the motto could be something like :"Don't worry, be heavy"Jean-Louis COPPET, the organiser, and his staff gave them the latest information about this event at the wonderful Bressuire château. Bressuire,... [Lire la suite]
21 avril 2015

Scott RIDER, a British coach for the Bressuire Bockers

The Bressuire throwers are called the Bockers.Of course, they want to be as fit as possible before the next French Championships on June 13 and 14. And last week-end, thanks to Jean-Louis COPPET, they had a special priviledge: they were coached by Scott RIDER, one of the favourites for the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire. Scott flew to Bressuire to teach them the tricks of the trade and he giae them useful indications to improve their technique. And he did it in French... Bravo! The programme started with weight over bar and weight... [Lire la suite]