Scotland are set to take on Germany in an epic showdown in Cumnock this month, with the Provost of East Ayrshire officiating!
The heavyweight battle is all set for Cumnock’s 10th anniversary Highland Games, with a team of athletes from Germany travelling to the Ayrshire town to take on some of Scotland’s biggest and strongest athletes in a caber-tossing, hammer-throwing showdown at Broomfield Park on Sunday 23rd August.
As well as competing individually for the coveted title of Games Champion 2015, national pride will be at stake with the Scots teaming up to take on the Germans in a special celebration marking the 10th anniversary of Cumnock Highland Games.
Long-time Cumnock Highland Games favourites Jason Young and Neil Elliot will be joined in the Scotland team by Scott Clark, Daniel Carlin and Laura Gillespie. The German team will also include familiar faces with Hans Dieter Dorrow, Daniel Dorrow and Christian Roggisch, who have all competed at Cumnock Highland Games in the past, competing alongside Andy Duechle and Sylvana Bomholt.
All of the classic Highland Heavy events will be included in the competition, including Hammer Throw, Throwing the Weight for Height, Throwing the Weight for Distance and, of course, Tossing the Caber. Plus, the internationals will be ‘Putting the Cumnock Stane’ with spectators also invited to try their hand at this unique Cumnock test.
Organisers of Cumnock Highland Games have also announced that this year’s Chieftain will be Provost of East Ayrshire, Jim Todd. Cllr Todd will follow a long line of eminent Games Chieftains in leading the Parade from the Square, conducting the official Claymore opening ceremony and then overseeing the Games.
Jim McMillan, Secretary of Cumnock Highland Games, said: “Cumnock Highland Games is a celebration of all things Scottish, and so we are thrilled that for 10th anniversary games, the Highland Heavies will be competing not only individually, but also for their countries. Many of the athletes have been great supporters of Cumnock Highland Games for many years, and this is a great way for us to celebrate our anniversary with a bit of fun and, no doubt, a fair dash of good-humoured international rivalry.
“We are also very pleased to have Jim Todd, Provost of East Ayrshire as our Chieftain for 2015. Unlike other more traditional games, we appoint a new Chieftain every year inviting individuals who have made a significant contribution to our community and area. Cumnock’s past Chieftains have ranged from elected officials to local business people, community leaders and community volunteers. Jim is a great advocate for East Ayrshire and we’re very proud to have him on board for our 10th anniversary games.”
Provost Todd said: “As a passionate Scot and lover of traditional music and sports I’m delighted to be invited as Chieftan this year. In East Ayrshire we love to welcome international visitors and it’s great to see such an enthusiastic German team coming over to take us on and experience all that a Highland Games has to offer. We hope they’ll very much enjoy their stay and we’re very happy to see such exciting competition.”
Cumnock Highland Games takes place on Sunday 23rd August at Broomfield, Cumnock. The event will also feature Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, family fun fair, stalls and live music from Clann an Drumma and The Poachers.
Entry is £5 per person. Further details can be found on the event’s facebook page or on twitter @cumnockhighland https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cumnock-Highland-Games-Tattoo/426009410761882
Date: 10 August 2015
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