Athletes get highland games training

by Kent Caddick

Emerging athletes have been honing their skills in the traditional Scottish heavy athletic disciplines at a Hororata Highland Games amateur heavy training day recently.

The athletes were put through their paces in a number of disciplines, including caber toss, hammer throw, weight for distance, stone put and sheaf toss, by 18-time New Zealand Highland Heavy Events Champion Pat Hellier.

Mr Hellier said he is passionate about highland games.

“It is a sport which has taken me all around the world. It has a huge amount of comradery with competitors supporting each other and I am passionate about helping athletes find their way into this sport.

“The Hororata Highland Games is leading the way in introducing and fostering people into the sport.”

He said the programme the event has developed, right from the Junior Warriors and the Have A Go events, to the Gough CAT Amateur Men’s and Women’s Championships and Oceania Heavyweight Championship, is world class.

“The competitions gets better and better each year and I am looking forward to the 11th of November where we will have some of the best Highland Games athletes go head-to-head.

“I know that the Hororata Highland Games committee is dedicated to elevating all the competitive events held on the day and that this has become a must attend competition.”