World record set at Dawson Highland games

The inaugural Top of the World Highland Games, held last weekend in Dawson City, is now part of the world records book. Karyn Dallimore of New Westminster, B.C.

The inaugural Top of the World Highland Games, held last weekend in Dawson City, is now part of the world records book.

Karyn Dallimore of New Westminster, B.C., set a world record for women’s masters (over 50) in a weight for distance event.

It was the first Highland games to be held in the former capital since 1899.

About 18 athletes, including five professionals, competed in the event. On top of well-known events like the caber toss and hammer throw, the games also featured bagpipes, drumming and Scottish dancing competitions.

“Thank you for making this one of the greatest games experiences I have ever been a part of! The organization, planning and execution was flawless,” said visiting professional Gregory Bell in an email to organizers. “I have travelled for games all across the US, and Canada. I have travelled to Scotland and competed in games that have been in existence for over 150 years. I can say without a question of a doubt that you have hosted one of the most unique, exciting and friendly games I have been a part of.”


Novice heavy event

1st Cameron Sinclair (Dawson City)

2nd Malcom Dewell (Dawson City)

3rd Calvin Laveck (n/a)

3rd Clint McElfresh (n/a)

5th Bobby Milnes (n/a)

6th Alex Olessen (n/a)

Women’s novice winner

1st Annie Morrison (n/a)

Professional heavy event

1st John Odden (Oregon)

2nd Matthew Doherty

(Nova Scotia)

3rd Gregory Bell (Washington)

4th Owen Willems (Ontario)

5th Rob Young (Alberta)

Open amateurs

1st Sean Fabanich (Alaska)

2nd Dave Roe (Alberta)

3rd Jimmy Johnson (Alaska)

4th Curtis Davis (n/a)

Women’s masters

1st Karyn Dallimore (B.C.)

2nd Kim McDonald (Alaska)

Men’s masters

1st Bret McDonald (Alaska)

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