Monday, October 22, 2012
Scottish Highland Games—The 28-lb Weight Throw
By Dawn Marie Hamilton
The goal of the 28-pound weight throw is distance.
Using a metal weight attached by a chain to a ring handle, a competitor throws the weight one-handed from behind a toe-board (trig) with a nine foot run up allowed. Although different styles may be used, the most popular is spinning. In order for the throw to count, an athlete must remain standing after a throw, and not have touched the top of the toe-board or the ground in front of it during the throw. The competitors are judged on the farthest of three throws.
Key to a good throw are speed and momentum.
What is your favorite athletic event at a Scottish gathering?
The Caber Toss
I'll discuss more events in future posts so stop back.