Cowal Highland Gathering’s Cowal Championship attracts the world’s top heavy athletes – men and women – so as a competitor you’ll be up against the very best. Regular competitors include Jason Young, Mark McDonald and Graeme Allan. Germans, Belgians and Icelanders often join the Scots to do battle for the prestigious silverware.
This year, for the first time, we are dlighted to have an international team competition running in parrallel to the individual competition. A Scottish team will battle it out with a team from Germany and another from Iceland to see which nation will become the Cowal International Champions for the first time.
You’ll shot-putt the 16lb ball, throw the 28lb weight for distance, throw the 16lb Scottish hammer, launch the 56lb weight for height, toss the caber and shot-putt the historic Cowal Stone – a 34lbs stone that’s twice the weight of a standard shot put. The caber toss is the last event to take place on the Saturday and is a nail-biter. If there’s time, you can try your luck with the giant ‘Tilhill’ caber – one of the biggest cabers on the circuit and a mighty challenge for any athlete.
The heavy athletics competitions are sponsored by The Scottish Salmon Company.
Some of the finest international competitors will compete in the iconic and historical heavy athletics on the Friday and Saturday of the Cowal Gathering.
This year’s competitors include some of the top, homegrown Scottish athletes taking on top international athletes including the Icelandic and German National Champions.
Events will include;
Throwing the 28lb weight for distance
Throwing the 16lb Scots style hammer
56lb weight for height
Putting the 16lb ball
Putting the Cowal Stone
and the iconic tossing of the caber.