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'Heavy' Fun for Kids as Organisers Hope for Record-Breaking Highland Games

Youngsters are being invited to try out traditional Highland ‘heavy’ events at this year’s Luss Highland Gathering at Loch Lomond.

Boys and girls aged between 12 and 17 can test their mettle in classic disciplines including Hammer Throwing, Shot Putting, Tossing the Sheaf and Weight over the Bar at the traditional Highland games gathering taking place on Saturday 5th July in the Loch Lomond-side village. There will also be junior races and high jump competitions for youngsters of all ages.

The Junior Programme has remained a popular element of the Luss Games since the event’s inception 139years ago, with generations of local children taking part. Organisers this year, though, are hoping to see even more youngsters from across the wider area taking to the field.

Games Secretary Anne Paterson said: “Children of all ages can join in the fun at Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering, with races, competitions and prizes for everyone from toddlers to teenagers. In this year of the Commonwealth Games, it will be a great opportunity for children from all over to get involved in what is one of the area’s oldest and largest family days out, and for teenagers to try out the ancient heavy disciplines of traditional Highland Games.”

Meanwhile, organisers are also hoping for a record-breaking Games, with additional cash prizes for the strong men, and women, who smash Games records in the heavy events including Shott Put, Hammer Throw, Weight Throw, Weight over the Bar, Sheaf Toss and the iconic Caber Toss.

“Each year we attract a great field of athletes in the heavy events, with records frequently broken,” adds Games Secretary Anne Paterson. “This year, we want to encourage and reward outstanding performances, and with a great field of Highland Games athletes already lined up, there’s every chance that records will be broken, thus setting new standards for our 140th anniversary games next year.”

The 2014 Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering will also feature cycling and sprint races, a hill race, Highland Dance and Piobaireachd competitions, plus children’s races and fun events reserved for overseas visitors. It also marks the annual gathering of Clan Colquhoun, and the culmination of a five day visit to Scotland by the new Clan Colquhoun International Society.

The Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering 2014 takes place on Saturday 5th July, and anyone interested in competing in any of the athletics, cycling, heavy, piping or dancing events can find out more at www.lusshighlandgames.co.uk.

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