Real Men (and Women) Wear Kilts (and Throw Heavy Objects)

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Highland Games

Story and Photos by David Bukach (ISN)

May 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Attendees at the 150th Victoria Highland Games were treated to a display of strong man skills over the weekend, as competitors from Canada, the United States, Scotland and England competed in the International Heavy Events Challenge at Topaz Park.

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Canadian competitor Rob Young tosses the caber during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park
David Bukach (ISN)

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American competitor Andy Vincent tosses the caber in front of a crowd during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

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American Andy Vincent prepares for his next event during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

American competitors Matt Vincent and Adrianne Wilson emerged as the overall winners in the men’s and women’s events respectively.

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Alex Norman-Ross of Calgary, AB throws the keg during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo David Bukach (ISN)


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Kate Burton of the United States releases the keg during her throw at the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

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Mike Pockoski of the United States throws the keg during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

Events in the games included the Caber toss, hammer throw, and putting the stone, among others. Both men and women also competed in a fun keg toss event after the end of the competition for a prize pool donated by spectators.

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Scott Rider of England grimaces as he releases the keg during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

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Andy Vincent of the United States watches his keg fly high in the air during the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

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The prize money hat, supplied by the spectators, for the keg throwing champion at the International Heavy Events Challenge at the 150th Victoria Highland Games at Topaz Park – Photo by David Bukach (ISN)

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