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Scottish Athletics 

The origins of the Highland Games began with King Malcolm's athletic competitions. Today, the Scottish Heavy Events worldwide embodies what the games are all about-demonstrations of strength and power and are a must to see here in Grande Prairie. The athletic events include the Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, Stone Put, Hammer Throw, Light Weight Throw, Heavy Weight Throw, Weight for Height, and Weight For Distance. Click on the caber toss cartoon to learn more about each skill.

We are eager to showcase the male and female athletes who have come from Scotland, the United States, and, of course, Canada! Come cheer them on and be amazed at their sheer strength and talent! Hover over the photo and check out the athletes' bios.


Damien Fisher

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Damien Fisher has competed as a Heavy Events professional since 2016. Recently, he was the 2021 U.S. National Champion and placed 3rd at the World Championship in 2022. 
Damien is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Western Washington University, and was a two-sport collegiate athlete before finding his way into the Highland Games. He lives in Ferndale, WA, with his wife and three daughters.

Age: 27
Height:  6’7’
Weight:  285 lbs
Hometown:  Ferndale, WA USA
Years Competing:  4
Personal Records:
Braemar Stone: 40’11
Open Stone:  52’3
Heavy Weight:  41’8
Light Weight:  85’11
Heavy Hammer: 118’1
Light Hammer:  144’9
SHEAF:  30’
Weight Over Bar:  16’


Rob Young

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Age: 36’

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 320 lbs

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Braemar Stone Record: 40’11”

Open Stone Record: 47’10.5”

Heavy Weight for Distance Record: 43’8”

Light Weight for Distance Record: 82’11”

Heavy Hammer Record: 112’4”

Light Hammer Record : 139’10”

Weight Over Bar record: 16’

Other Notable Records:

3x CSAF Canadian Caber Champion

3rd 2019 CSAF Canadian Championships

6x Top 3 CSAF Canadian Championship


Alisha Thompson

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I am originally from New Brunswick and moved to Alberta about 16 years ago when I moved to High Prairie. Now I am located in Calgary Alberta. I started Highland Games In 2018. Went to my first games with maybe 3 practices under my belt. I have worked my way up to attending my first nationals this summer placing 5th in Canada. I also compete in Strongman and in 2021 won the Caasa national championship in the Women's Hevay weight category. I am now competing in the pro circuit for that sport. I am sponsored by Resolute. I work for the government of Alberta. My favorite event is Weight over bar.

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