09 février 2015

The 12 Champions: 1- Matt VINCENT, USA

The Highland Games blog has already posted the line-up of the International Highland Games Federation World Championship in Bressuire.Now it's time to introduce the 12 high-flyers who will compete in the fantastic setting of the castle in Bressuire.First on the list is Matthew VINCENT.The  6'-280 Ibs American Hercules, will be one of the favorites for the IHGF Worlds Championships on June 13, 14. It's obvious his Highland Games victories are quite remarkable 2011: 1st place at IHGF Amateur World Championships #1... [Lire la suite]

03 février 2015

The Bressuire IHGF Worlds at school : one champion, one class

Bressuire, France will have the priviledge to host the IHGF Highland Games Worlds with the crème de la crème of international throwers. And for this historic first, the Highland Games go to school... Since September 2014, twelve French classes within forty miles of Bressuire have been working more particularly on Scotland and on the Highland Games. They are all fifth-graders and sixth-graders, aged nine to twelve. And they all have the opportunity to discover the Celtic World in their own school.The champions, the history of the... [Lire la suite]
29 janvier 2015

Bressuire-the-Scot: the 2007 Highland Games in video

Oldies but Goldies: Imagine what the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire will be like! So just watch this video of the third Games in Bressuire: The year: 2007 The place: the castle, as usual The cast: some of the best throwers of the moment including Ryan VIERRA and Gregor EDMUNDS, two world champions. And also Bruce AITKEN from Scotland who will get this title at the end of the season.And, of course: the pipe-bands, the Bressuire choir for a French version of "Scotland the Brave", the dancers, the army of volunteers and the enthousiastic... [Lire la suite]
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22 janvier 2015

Throwers and Judges for the Worlds: Don't worry, be Heavy!

At the Bressuire castle for the 2015 IHGF Worlds, there will be no real differences between the official judges and the 12 throwers. They all belong to the same category: they are Heavies. The official judges And many people in Bressuire already know the men who will supervise and judge this competition:   Ryan VIERRA (left) will be the head judge and Adam DARASZ (right)will be his assistant for the first IHGF Worlds in France managed by the French organiser, Jean-Louis COPPET. On the field, Chad and Al will be in charge... [Lire la suite]
15 janvier 2015

2014 Flasback (3): The year of the hammer

For the Chinese zodiac, 2014 was the year of the horse Definitely, for the Highland Games, it was the year of the horse-power.Especially for hammer-throw. And the blog proves it: Dan Mc KIM, U.S.A. broke the two hammer-throw world records at the same UTAH Highland Games in June: 132’ 10-1/4” in the 22-lb. hammer 157’ 7-1/4” in the 16-lb. hammer.  Of course, Dan will be in Bressuire for the IHGF Worlds on June 13, 14   TO HAVE MORE on Dan's records: Dan Mc KIM and his flying hammer Cyrille BOUCHER broke the... [Lire la suite]
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10 janvier 2015

"Je suis Charlie"...and so is the blog

The blogger considers that a pen is more useful than a gun.Just like all the drawers in France and all over the world, he wants to support a free press in a free country. That's why he considers it's time to raise the pens.That's why, symbolically, he has replaced the Heavies' caber by a pen and updated this caberwise version of Iwo-Jima shot during the 2010 Games. At the Bressuire Highland Games, just like everywhere in France, the blog supports the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and everyone is proud to say: "Je suis... [Lire la suite]

29 décembre 2014

2015 in Bressuire: let corks fly for a Heavy New Year

  Let corks fly to celebrate 2015 with a bubble of excitement! The blogger of the Bressuire, France Highland Games wishes you a "Happy New Year" of course.But with the upcoming IHGF Worlds, he can't help wishing you a "Heavy New Year", too!Mind my words! And just have a look at these 12 Heavies who will compete in the Bressuire castle on June 13 and 14. Peter Karst BOUMA from Holland, Matt DOCHERTY from Canada, Robert FAZEKAS from Hungary, Jona Mac FARLANE from New Zealand, Dan Mac KIM from the USA, Sinclair PATIENCE... [Lire la suite]
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24 décembre 2014

Hammerry Christmas and Happy New Year

What is so special about this French Père Noël created by Erwin SUVAAL? You can guess he wants to wish you a "Merry Christmas". That's true but that's not enough...The blogger gives you a clue: he loves the Highland Games. So, it's easy to know that he just wants to wish you a "Hammerry Christmas" Even if his hammer has got a handle! Never mind! I just hope he has got a nice present for you and your family.Why not a ticket for the fantastic show in Bressuire, France for the IHGF World Championships on June 13,14? Many thanks to... [Lire la suite]
20 décembre 2014

Dan McKIM and his flying hammers: TWO world records in 2014

"If I had a hammer,I'd hammer in the morningI'd hammer in the evening,All over this land.I'd hammer out danger,I'd hammer out a warning,I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,All over this land" There is no need for Dan Mc KIM, one of the high-flyiers at the Bressuire Worlds next year, to sing Pete Seeger's song. He has a hammer in the morning, in the evening and he uses it well.Very well!And he sends it flying far away...Further and further away! Two birds with a stone, two records with a hammerAnd he has... [Lire la suite]
12 décembre 2014

After the evolution of a thrower...the evolution of a Scotsman

Just remember! A few weeks ago, the Highland Games blog posted this drawing by Rampant Lion about the evolution of species.It just revealed the origins of caber-tossers and hammer-throwers. And many of you enjoyed it with quite a lot of "likes" on Facebook. The naked truth But quite a few, particularly in Scotland, also wanted to know where they came from. The blog can now unveil the evolution of the Scotsman and help you answer this existential question: "to be or not to be naked under the kilt".And, believe me or not, this is... [Lire la suite]
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