Kilt-wearing warriors do battle in Pugwash

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Dave Mathieson
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PUGWASH - Spectators who attended the Highland Games in Pugwash on Tuesday witnessed the fact that winning is definitely not everything - having a good time is just as important.
As competitors wait their turn some might kick back a beer while others joke and carry on with one another.
When Amherst's Nathan Robertson, who works at IMP, stepped up to perform the caber toss, the announcer looked at his tattoos and said, "Nathan Robertson, who owns a tattoo parlour, is up next."
The competitors wouldn't have it any other way.
"I do it mostly for the fun," Robertson said.
In Pugwash, Robertson was up against a quality field of 13 other competitors.
"Half of them are in the top 10 in Canada," Robertson said.
Robertson tips the scales at 230 pounds and competes against many men who weigh closer to 350 pounds.
"Because there aren't any weight classes it can be hard to compete against the big guys," Robertson said. "It can be a bit of a disadvantage but as long as I'm having a good time out there, that's what matters."
Robertson is also a competitive powerlifter and he's kind of new to the Highland Games circuit.
But despite his lack of experience his presence is beginning to be felt in the sport.
"Last year I was ranked in the 50's then I made it down to 32nd," Robertson said. "After the games in Pugwash I'm ranked 24th, so that's a fairly big jump."
Robertson said he's still feeling the effects from the Pugwash games.
"I'm still pretty sore," Robertson said. "The caber toss can definitely wear you out."
Robertson will rest for a few days then he'll begin to prepare for the Highland Games beginning July 12, in Dartmouth.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Pugwash, Canada, Dartmouth

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  • Phil
    January 18, 2010 - 11:04

    That's my boy . . . making the Robertson Clan proud.