It is with great pleasure that the Bundanoon Highland Gathering Committee announce that for the ongoing entertainment of the public they have endorsed the introduction of a NEW heavy weight event to be performed by selected members of the Tartan Warriors — 'Australian Highland Heavy Weight Events Championship'. This heavy event has five separate individual challenges: Stone Putt, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, Caber Toss and Hammer Throw.
There will be a perpetual trophy awarded to the overall winner of all five challenges. Highland Titles will be making a special presentation to the winner of the event. Between six to eight competitors will be performing, some may even compete in the Bundanoon Stones of Manhood.
A start time has yet to be finalised but probably immediately after the opening ceremony, the event will conclude prior to the major heavy event 'The Bundanoon Stones of Manhood' at 3.10pm.
Competitors are selected by invitation only and due to the tight space and time constraints, athletes without any prior heavy events experience cannot be permitted to compete.
The Stone Putt
This event resembles the modern day shot-put but with a 16-18lb (7-8kg) stone picked from a local river. The throw takes place from behind the 'trig' or toe board and is thrown for distance. There are several different throwing styles that can be used including the glide or spin. The throw is recorded by measuring the distance from the back of the trig to the mark the stone makes when it hits the ground. Each competitor is allowed three attempts with the best throw being recorded for the final score.
28-Pound (13kg) Weight for Distance
This event involves throwing a 28lb (13kg) metal block fixed to a chain and handle with one hand for distance. The athlete must throw from behind the trig. The athlete spins twice and releases the weight at its maximum speed. Top professional athletes can throw the 28lb (13kg) weight over 82 feet (25 metres)
56-pound (25kg) Weight for Height
In this back breaking event, the athlete tosses a 56lb (25kg) weight over a cross bar. The weight is tossed with one hand only from a standing position and the athlete is allowed three tries at each height. The bar is raised until only one athlete remains. Top professional athletes can toss the 56lb (25kg) weight over a bar 18 feet (5 metres) off the ground!
The Caber Toss
The Caber toss is considered the signature event of the Heavy Events. The Caber is generally log measuring about 20 feet (6 metres) long and weighing approximately 150lbs (68kg). The caber is stood on its end, the athlete shoulders the Caber cupping the small end in his two hands. Once the Caber is balanced, the athlete runs and stops suddenly and while the larger top of the Caber is tipping forward, the athlete pulls upward on the small end with all his might, flipping it end over end. A judge runs behind the athlete and calls the score as though looking at an imaginary clock, with a perfect toss being 12:00 with the small end of the Caber facing directly away from the athlete, who is standing at the 6:00 position.
The Hammer Throw
The Scottish Hammer is a spherical, metal ball weighing 16 or 22lbs (7-10kg) that is fastened to the end of a wooden handle and is thrown for distance. The athlete has his back facing in the direction of the throw. He is not permitted to spin, and anchors his feet to the ground using long blades fixed to the bottom of his boots. This allows him to stay grounded against the tremendous forces from the hammer swinging around his head at high speed. He winds the Hammer around his head as fast as possible and releases it at its maximum speed. Top professional athletes can throw the 22lb (10kg) hammer over 115 feet (35 metres).
The Committee of the Bundanoon Highland Gathering 'Brigadoon' would like to sincerely thank Highland Titles for their generosity in sponsoring the Tartan Warriors for this inaugural championship event.
For more information about Highland Titles vitit their website at: www.highlandtitles.com/
The Stone Putt: Proudly Sponsored by Scottish Accessories Shoppe, Croydon — website.
Weight for Distance: Proudly Sponsored by Bing Lee, Bowral — website.
Weight for Height: Proudly Sponsored by Allan Mackay Autos, Moss Vale — website.
The Caber Toss: Proudly sponsored by Peter Rocca, Bundanoon
The Hammer Throw: Proudly Sponsored by Scottish Accessories Shoppe Croydon — website.