Published 04 July 2018
Strongmen Thomas Graham and Lewis Ward are well used to caber tossing and hammer throwing.
But they were put through their paces during training for the Loch Lomond Highland Games when dancer Kristie Scott joined in.
The trio are among more than 350 competitors who will descend on Moss O’Balloch for the games on July 14th.
The event is one of the top competitions in Scotland and has a prize pot of around £15,000 up for grabs.
And people come from all over the world to take part – with past competitors travelling from Australia and New Zealand.
Spectators can expect a great show with a host of different events including running, cycling, wrestling, jumping and the tug of war.
But the highlight will no doubt be the Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship – including caber, hammer, ball and weight – and the highland dancing competition.
Thomas will be competing in the novice heavyweight competition, where he placed third last year.
Kristie, 13, will compete as part of the Lacey Brown School of Dance in Dumbarton.
She said: “The Loch Lomond Highland Games is always our favourite event. It’s our home games so it has a great buzz and it helps that our friends and families can watch us compete.
“Hopefully all our hard work pays off.”
Provost William Hendrie said: “The Loch Lomond Highland Games is always such a fantastic day out for all the family, and I’m sure this year will be no different.
“It’s important that we keep these traditional Scottish sports alive and continue to invest in our culture.
“It is a great testament to the event that people travel around the world to be here, and I’m sure everyone – be it tourists, spectators or competitors – will have a great time.”
Alan Jones, secretary of the Loch Lomond Highland Games Committee, added: “We are looking forward to welcoming everybody to this year’s games.
“We have been promoted and supported by West Dunbartonshire Council for many years now.
“The committee would like to record their appreciation for a joint venture which has sustained a quality event with global competitors and spectators.”
Outside the main arena, spectators will find a variety of trade stalls selling a range of modern and traditional goods, food and drink.
The event will close with a mass pipe band march through the main street in Balloch offering a dramatic end to what promises to be a wonderful event.
Visitors should adhere to parking restrictions in and around the venue in Balloch and follow advice from the stewards.
The event is on from 9am-5pm and tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and over 60s, with a family ticket costing £13 (2 adults and up to 3 children).