I want to give Coach Sean, Steven, and KD a HUGE congrats for kicking butt at the Woodland Celtic Games this weekend! KD even walked away with three event 1st place finishes in the Braemar Stone, the Open Stone, and the Weight Over Bar, and an overall 3rd place finish!! For those of you who’ve never heard of the Scottish/Highland/Celtic competitions, here’s all of the events that the guys competed in yesterday:
Here’s Steven competing in the Sheaf. In this event, athletes pierce a bag of hay with a pitch fork and toss the bag over a bar behind them. Athletes get three attempts to get the sheaf over the bar at each height, every athlete that is successful at the height can move on to the next height. Successful athletes continue to toss their sheaf over a higher and higher bar until only one athlete is left.
Here’s Coach Sean (in his badass Britney shirt) competing in the Weight For Distance. In this event athletes get three attempts to toss a weight as far as possible. There is a heavy weight and a light weight category. They get three attempts at each weight.
Here is KD competing in the Weight Over Bar event. In this event (like in the Sheaf event) athletes get three attempts to toss the weight over the bar behind them. If they are successful the bar moves up in height. Athletes keep attempting higher and higher tosses until only one athlete is successful.
Here is Coach Sean competing in the Caber Toss. Athletes get three attempts to try to flip the caber. They get points for the degree at which the caber hits the ground and if they are successful at flipping it. This was by far the hardest event for the athletes.
Here is Steven (in his awesome ginger dad hat) competing in the Stone Throw. In this event (like the weight for distance events), athletes get three attempts to throw a stone as far as possible. There are two different stone weights, Braemar and Open (I think the Braemar Stone is the heavier one), athletes get three attempts at tossing each stone.
Here is KD competing in the Scottish Hammer Throw. In this event (like in the weight for distance and stone throw), athletes get three attempts at throwing a Scottish Hammer (a long stick with a round weight at the end) behind them as far as possible. There is a light and a heavy hammer, athletes get three attempts at throwing each hammer.
So that’s the Celtic Games in a nutshell! It was hands down one of the most fun events I’ve ever attended. Tons of food and booths full of Scottish gifts to buy. And, as you can see above, any competition where Coach Sean is the tiniest guy competing is a TON of fun to watch 🙂 There’s another competition coming up June 9th-10th in Plymouth (aka wine country!) if you’re interested in giving it a try!