24 février 2015

The 12 Champions 4- Matt DOHERTY, Canada

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... [Lire la suite]
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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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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]
28 novembre 2014

Caber-tossers and hammer-throwers: the origin of their species

Thanks to Rampant Lion Highland Graphics, everybody knows about the ancestors of our caber-tossers They have proved it on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RampantLionHighlandGraphics One. Two. Tree : Here they are... And you can see that caber-tossers' ancestors are much older than the Highland Games which were created only one millenium ago.Furthermore, according to Rampant Lion, it seems to be just the same for hammer-throwers Caber-toss, Hammer-throw: in spite of the drawings by Rampant Lion, it's no monkey... [Lire la suite]
14 octobre 2014

Bressuire: a former "Yellow Jersey" throws the hammer

Laurent JALABERT is quite a star in the cycling world. At 46,the former "Yellow Jersey" of the Tour de France is still one of the most popular French champions of the last 25 years.Last Saturday, he came to Bressuire for "Sports and Businesses", a promotional campaign where the Highland Games were associated.Of course, he answered brilliantly the blogger's loony questions and then he accepted to throw the hammer. After listening to the local Bockers' advice, he managed to throw the light hammer and proved that he had all the... [Lire la suite]
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14 août 2012

Les Highlands en vidéo (4): le marteau léger, light hammer

Quatrième épisode des Championnats d'Europe de 2012. Après une visite rapide de la ville de Bressuire, place au lancer de marteau léger.   Episode number 4 of the Bressuire Highland Games : after some nice views of Bressuire,the light hammer.   An IHGF production.
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14 août 2009

Event 2 : The heavy hammer throw

Legend has it that this event originated with Scottish smithies who, not content with pounding the hammer on the anvil all week, would keep their hand in on Sundays by seeing how far they could throw it!  Nowadays Smithies and Smiths are as common as Browns and Joneses.But when it comes to hurling the 22 pound heavy hammer at the end of its 1.27m handle, your best bet is to be called Edmonds or Sinclair... ...and preferably Craig SINCLAIR who, with a distance of 34.65m, fell just one meter short of Brian AITKINS’s 2007... [Lire la suite]