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]
18 avril 2015

Scott RIDER in Bressuire: "If I had a hammer"

There is no need for Scott RIDER to sing "If I had a hammer" Everybody knows that when he gets one " he hammers in the morning, he hammers in the evening". Just like in the song by Peter, Paul and Mary, he hammers all over the land... Wherever he is! Whenever it is! That's what he did at the local BricoPro DIY (photos by the blogger) after signing a few autographs. That's what he did in the morning and in the evening with the Bressuire Bockers (photo Fréderic DALLET) he coached last week-end. Give him a hammer and he just... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2015

1991-2015: From a twinning to an IHGF World Championship

UPDATE. Once upon a time, well, in 1991 to be precise, the towns of Bressuire and Fraserburgh decided to get hitched. So they tied the knot and vowed to stick together for better for worse, for richer for poorer, et cetera, et cetera. The partnership flourished and proved to be particularly fertile: indeed, in 2003 it gave birth to a bonny wee bairn: the Association of the Highland Games of France. Proud godparents Jean-Louis COPPET, the first chairman of the Bressuire Fraserburgh Twinning Committee, and Francis BREBNER from... [Lire la suite]
15 avril 2015

The 12 champions 9- Jono Macfarlane, the compulsive thrower

Jono MACFARLANE from New-Zealand is a true compulsive thrower. He throws weights, stones, cabers and hammers but not only.... Twice in the Guiness book after throwing a person and a washing machine He is also the current Guinness World Record Holder for the Longest Throw of a Person (2009, 4.87m). And until recently he was the holder for Longest Throw of a Washing Machine (2009, Broken by Hafthor 'The Mountain' Bjornsson)    And yet, this man is particularly quiet and peaceful in his everyday life. Just read his... [Lire la suite]