06 mai 2017

Oldies but Goldies: les Highland Games de 2001

MISE A JOUR: Le blog fait sa rétro des Highland Games de Bressuire avec l'histoire des Jeux racontée par son créateur, Jean-Louis COPPET. Rétro, boulot, dodo... "En 2001, le public était déjà au rendez-vous avec 1000 spectateurs au château.En outre, un contact très amical a été établi avec Francis BREBNER , le grand champion des années 90 pour les jeux d’Ecosse. Francis résidait dans la région jumelle près de Fraserburgh en Ecosse. Il avait marqué l’histoire des Highland Games en étant 7 fois champion du monde de lancer de tronc... [Lire la suite]

02 mars 2017

"Just incredible!" Guess who said that about the Bressuire Games

He knows the Bressuire Highland Games quite well and he definitely enjoys the place and the atmosphere (phot AJEF in 2003). "This is a games that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime , just incredible...." His message on Facebook shows how enthusiastic he is about this special venue in France! Who can have written this incredible praise about the Bressuire Games? Guess who? The first clue given by the blog is a photo. Just have a look! It doesn't help you and you are ready to give up? Just have one more... [Lire la suite]
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08 février 2017

Francis Brebner and IronMind praise Bressuire Games

Francis BREBNER, the IHGF chairman, has just used his Facebook page to quote an IronMind's article by Randall J. Strossen about the next IHGF European Championships in Bressuire, France. The French city is to host the Games on June 10 and 11 And he also used this opportunity to praise our town, the AJEF organisers and the castle on his Facebook page. His article is illustrated by a bill featuring one of Bressuire's favourite sons, Scott Rider. Unfortunately, there will be no Scott in the 2017 line-up (see below) Here's... [Lire la suite]
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10 décembre 2015

Cead Mile Failte: 100.000 welcomes for the 100.000th visitor

  In the Celtic World, they say: "Cead Mile Failte" It just means one hundred thousand welcomes. Cead Mile Failte! What else can the blogger say when your www.highlandgames.canalblog.com welcomes its 100.000th visitor? It's just unexpected for a sport very few people in France knew about, fifteen years ago.. So, thanks everybody: the Heavies, of course, the organisers, the Frenchies, the volunteers, the spectators Thanks Francis, Jono and Sinclair for your friendly message! Special thanks to the blog's photographers and... [Lire la suite]
08 août 2015

Who's the biggest arm in this exceptional line-up?

In France, we like competitions. All kinds of competitions.. So, during the presentation of the throwers to the sponsors the day before the IHGF Worlds in Bressuire, they all laughed when the speaker-blogger decided to check who had the biggest arm... Of course, there wouldn't be another opportunity  like that in Bressuire, France with such a line-up between 104 and 155 kilos. Just have a look! And the speaker-blogger started his job with the first candidate: Seb WENTA from Poland. Sebastian WENTA, 19.68 inches And the... [Lire la suite]
16 juin 2015

Francis BREBNER: "One of the best climax finishes"

If you read the blog, you know that Dan McKIM's won his 2015  title after a last-minute W.O.B 5.10 m victory under a pouring rain (photo: Thierry TURC) If you are interested in the Highland Games you know that Francis BREBNER is the president of the International Highland Games Federation and a former caber-toss World Champion.So his comment on the Bressuire Worlds is particularly interesting. What a comeback! "This was one of the best climax finishes to a World Highland games Championships I have ever witnessed... what a... [Lire la suite]

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]
09 mai 2015

Deux parrains pour les Mondiaux

A  jeux exceptionnels, parrains exceptionnels. Pour les Championnats du monde 2015, il n’y aura pas un mais deux parrains pour tenir le rôle envié de "chieftain" des Jeux.Et je ne vais pas vous les présenter par deux. Je vais présenter les parrains un par un. Une figure des Highland Games Côté tradition écossaise, c'est Francis BREBNER, le président de la fédération internationale qui a été choisi par Jean-Louis COPPET et son équipe.Normal! Il est devenu une figure incontournable des Highland Games à Bressuire comme en 2009... [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]
21 mars 2015

Francis BREBNER Part 2: "And the winners will be..."

An interview with the IHGF president Francis BREBNER (Part 2) Usually, Francis BREBNER enjoys being the interviewer and that was the case in Bressuire in 2012 when the blogger shot him asking questions to David FREY from Germany and Janne HARTIKAINEN from Finland.But, Francis doesn't mind being interviewed, either. Especially when he speaks about the next Worlds in Bressuire! Question: You know Bressuire. What is so specific about these Highland Games ? Francis: These games have a unique setting, with its surroundings... [Lire la suite]