The IHGF has just announced the official line-up of competitors for the 2009 IHGF World Team Highland Games Championships, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Antigonish (Nova Scotia, Canada) "are the oldest, continuously running Games outside of Scotland." IronMind® | Art courtesy of Francis Brebner.
As reported by Francis Brebner, here are details on the teams, as well as some background information.
Team Canada 1 Greg Hadley & Lyle Barron
Team Canada 2 Matt Doherty & Dirk Bishop
Team USA 1 Sean Betz & Will Barron
Team USA 2 Ryan Vierra & Mike Zolkiewicz
Team Scotland Craig Sinclair & Steve Aitken
Team Inter Petur Gudmunsson & Tommy de Bruijn
The IHGF has been working closely with the committee of the Antigonish Highland Games and Rod Hadley, the athletic director for the championships.
The Antigonish Highland Games are the oldest, continuously running Games outside of Scotland. In 2009 it will be celebrating its 146th anniversary. The Games are held the third week of July at the beautiful Columbus Field in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and typically draw 20,000 spectators from around the world.
Antigonish has a long history of hosting top international competitors: Bill Anderson, Grant Anderson, Keith Tice, Ryan Vierra, Francis Brebner, Matt Sandford, Dan Markovic, Wout Zjilstra, Doug MacDonald, Jim McGoldrick, and Alistair Gunn, to name a few, have graced Columbus Field going back 30 years. In fact, many of its field records are held by these legends.
All involved at the Antigonish Highland Society are thrilled at the chance to host the IHGF World Team Event and look forward to setting a standard of hospitality and athletics that will go unmatched.