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The Athletes Themselves


And here's a bit of data on some of the folks that are common around the events in Alberta

Mike Staal

Height : 6'0"
Weight : 235 lbs
Kilt: Alberta

A man who seems to do nothing but get better at his already impressive skills, Mike is one of the top competetors in Alberta. He also took a solid 3rd place at the 1998 Alberta Strongest Man Alive contest, and continues to demonstrate his enormous strength at any opportunity.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone45'9"
28lb weight for Distance65'9"
56lb weight for Distance33'
56lb weight for Height14'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb115'2"
Hammer Throw - 22lb94'6.5"
Sheaf Toss - 16lb24'
Sheaf Toss - 20lb20'

Gord Walsh

Height : 6'3"
Weight : 230 lbs
Kilt: Nova Scotia

Another man who helped found the Games in the past few years, Gord has been a trained athlete for years. A technician in the purest sense of the word, the native of Newfoundland always pushes everyone around him to try and keep up. There isn't an event in the games that Gord does not excell at.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone45'5"
28lb weight for Distance68'2"
56lb weight for Distance33'3"
56lb weight for Height14'"
Hammer Throw - 16lb120'6"
Hammer Throw - 22lb100'1"
Sheaf Toss - 16lb27'
Sheaf Toss - 20lb24'

Bob Brown

Height : 5'10"
Weight : 210 lbs
Kilt: Stewart

Bob was another of the sudden inrush of excellent athletes we received in 2002. Showing both a desire and ability to learn, plus an enormous amount of upper body strength, he's quickly risen to one of the top amateurs in the province. 2004 proved to be an extremely successful year for Bobby as well, being kept out of the open class by a single event only.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone39'2"
28lb weight for Distance55'6"
56lb weight for Distance28'2"
56lb weight for Height11'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb91'
Hammer Throw - 22lb72'8"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb20'

Terry Hunt

Height : 6'4"
Weight : 285 lbs
Kilt: Graham of Menteith

As the only Englishman in the group, Terry takes the teasing he almost continuously gets in stride. With an impressive amount of strength in last second accelerations, Terry is another athelete who seems to do nothing but improve. Although living near the centre of the universe (Toronto), we still get to see him out for a few competitions each year. We don't let him throw as a master, though.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone33'
28lb weight for Distance51'2"
42lb weight for Distance37'4"
56lb weight for Distance26'6"
42lb weight for Height14'
56lb weight for Height12'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb97'2"
Hammer Throw - 22lb71'6"
Sheaf Toss - 16lb25'5"
Sheaf Toss - 20lb22'6"

Blain Bourdags

Height : 6'3"
Weight : 245 lbs
Kilt:

Trimmed down and much improved on his speed and agility, Blaine joined the Open ranks in 2001 and is a continuing force in the games in Alberta. Coupled with his looks is a world class sense of humour and showmanship, which makes him a favorite of the crowd and the other athletes.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone37'10"
28lb weight for Distance60'10"
56lb weight for Distance30'8"
56lb weight for Height12'
Hammer Throw - 16lb85'3"
Hammer Throw - 22lb76'
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

Todd Hennel

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 330 lbs
Kilt: Ancient Keith

Another very large man, Todd has been extremely successful in the arena of hand strength and overall body strength. As he picks up more and more fluidity in the events, he should be able to use all that mass to his advantage in the games.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone33'11"
28lb weight for Distance45'3"
56lb weight for Distance20'6"
56lb weight for Height11'
Hammer Throw - 16lb84'5"
Hammer Throw - 22lb63'1"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb19'

Graham Summers

Height : 6'
Weight : 200 lbs
Kilt: Lindsay

Our very first junior athlete, Graham started when he was barely 15 years old. Throwing at a stage where he's usually outmassed and out-aged by a considerable amount, he has nonetheless managed to improve in leaps in bounds in every event. His youth is going to prove his biggest asset in times to come, as he will more or less be growing up around the implements and will improve as his strength, size and experience naturally do.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone28'11"
28lb weight for Distance36'4"
42lb weight for Distance25'3.5"
42lb weight for Height11'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb71'4"
Hammer Throw - 22lb58'3"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

Wesley Radstaak

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 262 lbs
Kilt: Dress Gordon

Big Wes is another member in the Mecca of Highland Games in Alberta: Beaumont. Wes jumped in with both feet and immediately fell into a rivalry with Dangerous Dan Loeb. Even going so far as taking his family to Disneyland just so he can throw in California, Wes promises to extend some already respectable early numbers in 2007.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone31'5"
28lb weight for Distance49'5"
56lb weight for Distance23'6"
56lb weight for Height10'
Hammer Throw - 16lb80'
Hammer Throw - 22lb56'5"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

Aaron Andronyk

Height : 5'8"
Weight : 210 lbs
Kilt: Wilson

A good sense of strength and training philosophies akin to the old style of training in the Iron Game are going to take this vertically challenged athlete a good way into the Games. In addition to these little benefits, there appears to be something in his mental makeup that prevents him from walking by any odd shaped object without at least taking a crack at the lift.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone32'
28lb weight for Distance44'3"
56lb weight for Distance22'10"
56lb weight for Height11'
Hammer Throw - 16lb88'3"
Hammer Throw - 22lb67'9"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb16'

Tim Maclean

Height : 5'11"
Weight : 230lbs
Kilt:

Old enough to be at least one other member's father, Tim has really turned it on this year, improving greatly on his technique and his raw power and aggressive stance toward the events. The numbers will continue to climb as he fine tunes every event.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone31'1"
28lb weight for Distance43'
56lb weight for Distance20'7"
56lb weight for Height10'
Hammer Throw - 16lb76'
Hammer Throw - 22lb58'2"
Braemar Stone20'8"
Sheaf Toss - 20lb16'

Mike Gilpin

Height : 5'9"
Weight : 203 lbs
Kilt: MacDonnel of Glengarry

Although the highland games is an offseason sport for this football player, turned powerlifter turned olympic lifter, 2002 has shown his breakthrough year as he puts all of his athletic ability and kinesthetic sense to use, offsetting the weight difference between himself and many of his competitors and throwing at the top of the B list.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone37'1"
28lb weight for Distance53'7"
56lb weight for Distance26'5.5"
56lb weight for Height12'
Hammer Throw - 16lb92'.5"
Hammer Throw - 22lb70'1.5"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb19'

Dave Laidlaw

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 300 lbs
Kilt:

Dave hit his first season hard, hammering out very respectable distances almost immediately due to an enormous amount of power. Deciding to kick that advantage up even further, he trained constantly for the events all during the season and managed to put his numbers very near the open class limits. With his second year coming up, it's extremely doubtful that he'll be in the amateur B class for much longer.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone41'5"
28lb weight for Distance57'11"
56lb weight for Distance30'4"
56lb weight for Height13'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb94'5"
Hammer Throw - 22lb73'11"
Braemar Stone34'7"
Sheaf Toss - 20lb27'
Ft. Ed Stone - 95lb11'11"

Matt Doherty

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 225 lbs
Kilt:

Matt came onto the scene an accomplished track and field athlete and immediately set about showing people what that kind of training can do for you. After one games, he managed to qualify as an open class athlete and set a number of field and provincial records.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone44'
28lb weight for Distance59'1"
56lb weight for Distance24'10"
56lb weight for Height12'
Hammer Throw - 16lb105'
Hammer Throw - 22lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb24'

Lee Distad

Height : 5'10"
Weight : 231 lbs
Kilt:

Balancing that ugly area between pushing up his raw strength and embracing his inner gear whore, the 2006 110kg Alberta Provincial Powerlifting champ unfortunately doesn't come out and play nearly as often as he should. He is a Sagittarius who enjoys BBQ, moonlit walks and July Garland movies. His turn-offs are negative people and anything to do with Paris Hilton.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone24'4"
28lb weight for Distance35'3"
56lb weight for Distance17'2"
56lb weight for HeightN/A
Hammer Throw - 16lb74'1"
Hammer Throw - 22lb53'8"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

Ryan Rickson

Height : 6'
Weight : 240 lbs
Kilt:

Coming to us from professional rugby, Ryan had an immensely solid first games weekend with a combination of strength, explosive power and an obvious ability to learn complex movements very quickly.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone31'9"
28lb weight for Distance46'3"
56lb weight for Distance21'6"
56lb weight for Height12'
Hammer Throw - 16lb85'
Hammer Throw - 22lb63'5"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

Neil Brown

Height : 6' 3"
Weight : 340 lbs
Kilt:

One of our neighbouring athletes from Saskatchewan, Neil still makes the 8 hour trip to come and play whenever possible. New at the games and a mountain of a man, Neil has time, patience and determination on his side.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone33'8"
28lb weight for Distance51'7"
56lb weight for Distance20'
56lb weight for Height10'
Hammer Throw - 16lb91'4"
Hammer Throw - 22lb64'9"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb18'

Ray Morton

Height :
Weight : lbs
Kilt:

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the StoneN/A
28lb weight for DistanceN/A
56lb weight for DistanceN/A
56lb weight for HeightN/A
Hammer Throw - 16lbN/A
Hammer Throw - 22lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

Kelly Strachan

Height : 6'
Weight : 240 lbs
Kilt: Marr

Kelly jumped into the sport with both feet, rapidly picking up both equipment and proper dress and trains consistantly for all the events, as can be seen from his almost constant improvement. Having the same warped sense of humour as his cousin Blaine, he is also a major source of entertainment among his competitors. He has established himself as one of the forces to be reconed with in the amateur B ranks and is steadily pushing closer to the A numbers.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone33'6"
28lb weight for Distance47'9"
56lb weight for Distance23'4"
56lb weight for Height11'
Hammer Throw - 16lb87'3.5"
Hammer Throw - 22lb66'11"
Braemar Stone23'4"

Marc Morin

Height : 5'9"
Weight : 275 lbs
Kilt:

Another of those track athletes, Marc is actually from Manitoba, but its always a treat to have him do a little travelling to come and play over here. In 2001, Marc went pro and did it with style. Now focusing on the highland games, his numbers are climbing steadily as he secures his place in the top ranks in Canada.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone45'10"
28lb weight for Distance67'9.5"
56lb weight for Distance34'9.5"
56lb weight for Height12'4"
Hammer Throw - 16lb120'
Hammer Throw - 22lb97'8"
Sheaf Toss - 16lb30'4"
Sheaf Toss - 20lb28'

Joseph Taylor

Height : 6'
Weight : 230 lbs
Kilt: Stewart Hunting

Although 2000 was Joe's first season, he's shown remarkable talent, taking to the games quite naturally. In addition to the heavy events, Joe is slowly gathering experience and strength for his career in the field of strongman. Much more recently, Joe has earned the right to be considered a full Amateur A athlete, doing so in near record time and rising to the challenge, putting up bigger numbers in almost every competition.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone39'10"
28lb weight for Distance61'4"
56lb weight for Distance28'9"
56lb weight for Height12'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb104'4"
Hammer Throw - 22lb82'4"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb17'

Dave Roe

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 245 lbs
Kilt: Black Watch

Dave came out for his first competition in High River, managing to take the division immediately. Now having caught the bug, Dave looks to have a long and promising career in the games. With a couple of spectacular performances early in 2002, Dave got and accepted the invitation to compete in the Open class where he continues to improve steadily.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone36'
28lb weight for Distance61'11"
56lb weight for Distance32'6"
56lb weight for Height13'
Hammer Throw - 16lb95'8"
Hammer Throw - 22lb74'5"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb20'

Paul Kuefler

Height : 6'1"
Weight : 250 lbs
Kilt:

Paul joined the association for a few games in 2004 and started joining the more regular north crew in 2005. Already much smoother and more confident, he can expect some big improvements this year.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone26'4"
28lb weight for Distance37'1"
56lb weight for Distance18'6"
56lb weight for Height10'
Hammer Throw - 16lb64'11"
Hammer Throw - 22lb48'3"
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A

James Garrick

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 270 lbs
Kilt: Gordon

2004 was a real breakout year for Jim. With only two full seasons under his belt and a decisive victory in the provincials, Jim moved up into the Open class and has continued to improve steadily from there, rapidly becoming a solidly competitive member of the class.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone40'6"
28lb weight for Distance62'3"
56lb weight for Distance33'9"
56lb weight for Height12'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb94'2"
Hammer Throw - 22lb74'4"
Sheaf Toss - 20lb26'
Braemar Stone30'1"
Ft. Ed Stone - 95lb12'9"

Andre Guertz

Height : 5'11"
Weight : 205 lbs
Kilt: Irish Revenge

Andre joined up late in 2004 and proceded to throw himself into the mix immediately. Bringing some natural athleticism to the games, Andre will no doubt rise in the ranks as his experience increases.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone29'9"
28lb weight for Distance45'
56lb weight for Distance16'
56lb weight for Height10'
Hammer Throw - 16lb68'1"
Hammer Throw - 22lb49'4"
Sheaf Toss - 20lbN/A
Braemar StoneN/A
Ft. Ed Stone - 95lbN/A

Mike Martin

Height : 5'7"
Weight : 220 lbs
Kilt: Ogilvie

At first glance, Mike does not seem to possess a typical thrower's body. However, underestimating the man would be a huge mistake, as he is a master of last second accelerations, snapping the weights out much further than you would expect for the few games he has attended. Natural explosiveness aside, he has also taken the games seriously and is already working to improve his technique.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Putting the Stone35'1"
28lb weight for Distance46'6"
56lb weight for Distance20'3"
56lb weight for Height11'
Hammer Throw - 16lb86'8"
Hammer Throw - 22lb58'3"
Sheaf Toss - 16lbN/A
Sheaf Toss - 20lb16'

Jason Johnston

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 278 lbs
Kilt: Johnston

To say Jason has had an explosive entrance is an understatement. From his first games in 2005 in Regina to the next games he went from a very good B competitor to one of the best ranked athletes in Canada. With the upcoming 2006 season on the horizon, he is looking more and more like one of the athletes to beat in Western Canada.

Personal Bests
EventMark
25# Braemar30'7.5"
Open Stone40'3.5"
28lb weight for Distance67'5"
56lb weight for Distance33'9"
56lb weight for Height13'
Hammer Throw - 16lb108'1"
Hammer Throw - 22lb85'9"
20# Sheaf24'

Sean Langford

Height : 6'2"
Weight : 245 lbs
Kilt: Alberta

Well...its me. I'm out there every opportunity I have, and have had the opportunity to throw all over and against the world's best. Not saying that I can hang with them, just that I've been beat by them.

Personal Bests
EventMark
Open Stone44'
28lb weight for Distance69'3"
56lb weight for Distance35'3"
56lb weight for Height14'6"
Hammer Throw - 16lb105'6"
Hammer Throw - 22lb84'7"
Sheaf Toss - 16lb24'
Sheaf Toss - 20lb21'


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