NEW GLASGOW - ‘I want to try that,’ Adam Ogilvie thought to himself as he watched a heavyweight competitor pick up a hammer at the 2003 World Highland Games Championships.
He connected with the local association, and went to a practice. That was it. This was his new sport.
The Moncton-turned-Debert man had tried many sports, but none compared to throwing heavy objects into the air.
Part of the appeal is knowing that the sport traces back centuries. The camaraderie is important, too.
Ogilvie said he felt welcome immediately.
“You don’t have that with other sports.”
Even when the group wasn’t competing, they still were. During a lunchtime break from the games, they alternated between hydrating, snacking, and throwing some more.
After they decided a winner for their makeshift games, they sat for a few minutes, before playing Frisbee with each other.
It’s a social occasion.
Throughout the summer, the association travels to upwards of 10 events throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for full competitions and demonstrations.
It’s mostly the same group of men, so each event is when they get to spend time with each other.
It’s not a way to make a three-figure salary, but Ogilvie says that’s fine.
Ogilvie has been in the sport for almost a decade. Scott McHugh is just beginning.
This summer is the Fredericton man’s first season.
It made sense to transition to the sport for McHugh, having done track and field for many years.
As a former shot-putter, stone is his favourite, while Ogilvie prefers hammer and the caber toss.
“We get to wear a kilt and throw heavy things,” Ogilvie said.
The love for the sport doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s the simplest test of strength.
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