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Nashville Gaeilic Athletic Club

Scottish Gaelic Athletic Club

Kerry Overfelt will be managing the athletics. We will have Scottish Heavy Amateur Athletics with 3 place awards.

Kerry Overfelt

Kerry Overfelt, Athletic Champion

Our Champion Athletic Director is Kerry Overfelt. He will be leading the competitions on Sept 9th and the Clinic on Sept 8th. Kerry is a 14 year veteran of professional highland games. He was 2009 National Champion of North America and 2013 Masters World Champion. He has broken over 100 field records, including the amateur world record for 56# weight for distance and sheaf throw, and the masters world record for 42# weight over bar. In addition, Kerry gives the audience a witty and educational narration of the competitions and the athletes which are special to the Middle Tennessee Highland Games. Come experience these unique sports while also experiencing a celtic festival.

Events will include:

Stone Putt

Stone Put

The stone put is one of the main Scottish heavy athletic events at modern-day Highland games gatherings. Similar to the shot put, the stone put more frequently uses an ordinary stone or rock instead of a steel ball. 56 wt. and 28 wt for distance.

Caber Toss

Caber Toss

The caber toss is a traditional Scottish athletic event in which competitors toss a large tapered pole called a "caber". It is normally practised at the Scottish Highland Games. In Scotland the caber is usually made from a Larch tree and is typically 19 feet 6 inches (5.94 m) tall and weighs 175 pounds (79 kg). The term "caber" derives from the Gaelic word "cabar" or "kaber" which refers to a wooden beam.

Sheaf Toss

Sheaf Toss

The sheaf toss is a traditional Scottish agricultural sport event originally contested at country fairs. A pitchfork is used to hurl a burlap bag stuffed with straw over a horizontal bar above the competitor's head. Typical weight for the bag is 16 pounds (about 7 kg). Three chances are given to each competitor to cleanly go over the bar, without touching it. After all challengers have made their attempts, the bar is raised and all successful competitors move on to the new height. This continues until all but one athlete is eliminated.

Hammer Throw

Hammer Throw

The men's hammer weighs 16 pounds (7.257 kg) and measures 3 feet 11 3⁄4 inches (121.5 cm) in length and the women's hammer weighs 8.82 lb (4 kg) and 3 feet 11 inches (119.5 cm) in length.[1] Like the other throwing events, the competition is decided by who can throw the implement the farthest.

Although commonly thought of as a strength event, technical advancements in the last 30 years have evolved hammer throw competition to a point where more focus is on speed in order to gain maximum distance.

The throwing motion involves two swings from stationary position, then three or four rotations of the body in circular motion using a complicated heel-toe movement of the foot. The ball moves in a circular path, gradually increasing in velocity with each turn with the high point of the ball toward the sector and the low point at the back of the circle. The thrower releases the ball from the front of the circle.

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