Olympians at Caledonian Games

A mix of highland tradition and modern sports will be on show at Waimate's 138th annual Caledonian Games at Victoria Park.

Organiser Winnie Todd said most people would register on the day, but she had already received about 100 entries for some of the Highland dancing events.

"It's a real family day, lots of people celebrate their Scottish heritage, and this gives them an opportunity to do so," she said.

"People enjoy watching burly men tossing cabers and throwing gumboots."

Mrs Todd said as well as the traditional fare, there was also a host of athletics, cycling and speed-skating competitions. Most of the junior events would be open to entrants on the day.

"It's great watching the kids. In the past we've just called the races out and they've flocked to the starting line," she said.

Mrs Todd said double Olympic bronze medallist Marc Ryan and fellow Olympian Shane Archbold will be among those competing in the cycling at the Velodrome.

"We're very lucky to have them, they happened to be in town for the event and made time out of their busy schedule," she said.

Meanwhile, several skaters fresh from this month's Tour of Timaru were also likely to compete, including former world champion Nicole Begg.

The Games will take place on Saturday. On Sunday, a 40km road race will be held in conjunction with the Waimate Cycling Club.

"We hope we get fine weather on the Saturday. There will be a lot of people wearing kilts, we don't want them to get cold," Mrs Todd said.

The Timaru Herald