World record holder returns to Scottish heavyweight events at Embro Highland Games

Heather Boundy, the woman who currently holds the world record for most caber throws in three minutes, returned to the Scottish heavyweight events circuit after a two-year pandemic break at the Embro Highland Games on Friday.

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A minor celebrity in the world of Scottish heavyweight events made his return to the sport after a two-year pandemic break at the Embro Highland Games on Friday.

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Heather Boundy still holds the Guinness World Record for being the woman who threw the most cabers in three minutes. To set a women’s caber throwing world record – there was none before – Boundy threw 15 cabers, which can be 14 to 17 feet long and weigh up to 90 pounds, in 180 seconds in September 2016.

On Friday, Boundy, who lives in Lake St. Peter near Bancroft and has been active on the Canadian highlands games circuit for 20 years, competed in her first heavyweight events since the sport and games across the country have been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I compete in stone throwing, shot put for distance, shot put on the bar, caber and hammer throw. … It’s great to see everyone, but it’s hard to pitch,” Boundy said of his return to heavyweight events.

The break affected her a lot physically, she admitted, “plus I’m sick”.

“Not sick with COVID,” she said, “but I’ve struggled for the past year with chronic inflammation. I literally fell off the couch (to be here). It’s kind of a test I just want to participate in every event.

Jamie Trask of Guelph took first place in the men’s hammer throw competition with a final throw of 96.5 feet at the Embro Highland Games on Friday afternoon. (Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald)

While Boundy hoped to shake off the cobwebs in the Embro competition, she said the two women she was competing against are truly forces to be reckoned with.

“Celine Freeman-Gibb, I would say she’s the best in Canada,” Boundy said. “She’s amazing. And the other girl, she’s new but her numbers are really good.

Long dominated by men, Boundy tries to promote Scottish heavyweight events to women whenever she can.

“Two years before COVID, there were a lot of women throwing, and then a lot of them retired,” she said. “Going into their 40s and 50s, a lot of them just stopped throwing. So the numbers are currently quite low in Ontario, but in the west and in the east there are more women throwing.

For women who might be interested in trying Scottish heavyweight events, Boundy encourages them to check out the Scottish Canadian Athletics Federation website at www.csaf.ca to learn more.

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Jennifer R. Strohm