We Throw Heavy Things.
King Malcolm Ceanmore held the first athletic events in the IIth century to test and train his Army, and by the sixteenth century Highland Games had incorporated these tests of strength, along with dancing, bagpiping and other highlights of Scottish culture. Later, when Scots were denied weapons under English rule, heavy events featured common objects like trees, stones and blacksmith hammers. Scottish American athletes typically throw nine events over one day: caber, sheaf, Weight Over Bar, heavy and light hammer, Braemar and open stone and heavy and light Weight For Distance.
Established in 1978
The Rocky Mountain Scottish Athletes were founded in
1978 by Greg Bradshaw, whose father Hank introduced
Scottish Athletics into the Colorado Scottish Festival years before. Both Hank and his son Greg organized and competed competitions, as did Greg's sons Hank and Landon. Greg traveled the Rocky Mountain region and eventually throughout the U.S. and Europe-organizing athletic competitions at Highland Games, judging, and training judges. He established a scorekeeping method that continues to set the gold standard, including a handicapping system for Masters Classes, which has attracted world-class athletes over 40. He was the first to open all heavy events-included the caber to women. Greg was inducted into the Scottish Masters Hall of Fame, and has been followed by many of the athletes he mentored. The Bradshaw Memorial Caber Award given to the top amateur caber tossers each year, to honor Hank Bradshaw for bringing the caber to Colorado.
In general the RMSA provides a voice for athletes within the various festival committees and a community where athletes can get together to train, compete & share experiences.
The Board of Directors
President - Ryan Seckman
Treasurer - Jay Klinkerman
Secretary - Karen Hart