Tthe O’Neill Highland Open presented by Swatch is underway and things are hotting up in the remote Scottish town of Thurso. Thurso, the home of some of the best waves in Europe, is hosting the O’Neill Highland Open for the third consecutive year.
People with an interest or expertise in Highland Games are being invited by The Highland Council to an open meeting on Monday 21st April to discuss developing a Highland Schools Highland Games Association. The aim of the meeting which is being held at 6pm at the Council’s Chambers in Glenurquhart Road is to constitute a Highland Schools Highland Games Association which will: • develop and support events, standards and rules for junior competition; • develop the number and quality of junior heavies; • secure funding and sponsorship for highland games; • develop and deliver training to ensure safe and fun participation in highland games; and • secure support from people with an interest in furthering highland games participation.
Seven Caithness Rhythmic Gymnasts travelled to the Danestone Community Centre Aberdeen in March 2008 to compete in the Annual Scottish Novice Rhythmic Competition. They were accompanied by Rhythmic Coaches Diane Gibson and Gemma Wares and many of their parents.
The world's coldest professional surfing contest returns to Scotland in spring 2008. O'Neill Europe has confirmed that the Highland Open, its signature event, will be staged on Scotland's frigid North Shore for the third year running.
Four swimmers from Wick took part in the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships at Tollcross Park Leisure Centre in Glasgow on Saturday the 27th of January. The 50 metre pool at Tollcross will also be the venue for the swimming competition during the Commonwealth games to be held in Glasgow in 2014.
The Caithness Sports Council is organising a 2 day HSE First Aid Refresher Course. Date: Saturday 19 January & Sunday 20 January 2008.
The Caithness Sports Council is organising an 8 hour Emergency First Aid Course. The course is being run by Highland Leisure Training from Inverness.
Members of the Caithness Gymnastics Club took part in GymfestINverness held recently at the Bught Leisure Centre in Inverness. This Gymfest, which is unusual as it is the second to be held in one year, was hosted as part of Highland 2007: the year Scotland celebrates Highland culture.
The future of Highland Council owned Community Leisure and Sports Facilities in Caithness is under review. The Highland Council is providing the opportunity for discussion of the outline proposals.
The recent club championship final at Lybster Golf Club was played in weather conditions which made golf extremely difficult. In spite of the driving wind and rain, the hardy spectators who braved the elements were treated to some fine golf.
The Dorothy Budge Memorial Bowling Competition was played on Sat 21st July at the Rosebank Bowling green. Dorothy was a keen bowler and member of the Rosebank Bowling Club.
Competitors in the Seniors Open at Lybster Golf Club on Wednesday were subjected to blustery conditions, which made scoring difficult in the Stableford-format competition. The winner was John Munro from the host club, with a very respectable 36 points.
Next weekend sees one of Britain's most exciting cycling events take place around the Perthshire highlands and lochs. The Etape Caledonia on 24 June, is Britain's only mass participation sportive ride to take place on entirely closed roads.
17-June-07 John O’Groats to Castle Geo The Walk commences at John O’Groats harbour following thecoastline round to Buchollie Castle.13 kms approximately 15-July-07 Sandside to Melvich Start at Sandside Bay and walk westward for 12 kms approximately along a beautiful stretch of coastline to Melvich. The bird life is abundant and the wild flowers will be in full bloom.
The Tulloch Inverness Highland Games Committee has announced details of a special women-only Highland Games coaching clinic as entries open for the first women's championship at July's event. Current Highland Games World Champion Ryan Vierra is coming from the USA to host the clinic with the assistance of Scottish Athletic Federation's Highland regional throwing coach Tracy Tamijmarane at Northern Meeting Park on the evening of Monday 18 June.
The Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (ASFB) and Scottish Canoe Association (SCA) have made a joint call for tighter measures to prevent a deadly salmon parasite entering Scottish waters. The two organisations hope that their unprecedented combined effort will lead to the introduction of a high profile campaign at ports and airports to raise awareness of the threat from the Gyrodactylus salaris (Gs) parasite.
The McBeath's Jeweller's County Snooker Doubles got under way a week Saturday past, James and Victor Risbridger looking to regain the title they won last March in the Viewfirth. This year's championship was played in the Royal British Legion with 7 pairings to battle it out.
Following a grant from the Awards For All Scotland programme, the Thurso based Pentland Canoe Club has taken delivery of 3 sea kayaks, 3 river kayaks and a double kayak. The equipment was handed over to the Club by Tom Jackson, the Chairman of the Caithness Sports Council and a Director of Coaching Highland.
The weekend of 25 – 28 May 2007 will see around 250 sea kayakers from around the UK, America; Holland; Jersey; Ireland and France heading to the Isle of Skye to attend the 8th Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium. The Symposium will be based at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Sleat peninsula.
Grace Mackay, from Mount Pleasant School in Thurso, is proudly showing off the gold medal, which she won in the 100m race, when she took part in the Highland Disability Sport Junior Athletic Championships at Queens Park Athletic Stadium in Inverness on Wednesday 9th May 2007. The Championships involved children from all over the Highlands, who had a brilliant day, despite the weather.