MIDDLETON, N.S. - The letter Middleton athlete Danny Frame received last week wasn’t something just anybody gets. It was from the people at Guinness World Records – with good news.
“We are thrilled to inform you that your application for most caber tosses in three minutes has been successful and you are now the Guinness World Records Title Holder,” it said.
Frame was thrilled too, accomplishing something he aspired to when he was just a kid, not knowing that he’d have a university and CFL career ahead, would be a Highland Games world contender, and an inspiration to countless youngsters.
The Framer, as he’s known to many, tossed the caber successfully 16 times on July 20, 2018 during Middleton’s Heart of the Valley Festival, wowing a large crowd of friends, fans, and family – including his father John and his toddler son Wyatt.
“People were congratulating me all summer and through the fall,” said Frame in an interview. “I knew all the work was done making sure it was an official record, but until you hear from Guinness themselves there’s a little bit of doubt. It’s just nice to have the finalization of that.”
He said it also validates all the hard work that everybody did to make it happen. “A lot of other people besides me put in a lot of hard work and effort,” he said. “It’s just nice that all their hard work has paid off with a true, official record.”
The previous caber toss record was held by Kevin Fast of Ontario who flipped 14 cabers in three minutes in 2013.
But Frame isn’t likely to sit idle.
“I’m a pretty competitive guy,” he said. “It might have given me a little bit of an itch to maybe try to go after another one or two strength records. One could be involving a caber as well.”
Frame said he wasn’t 100 per cent healthy when he went after the caber toss record last summer and said he might want to do it again with improved health.
“We’ll see what the future holds,” he said. “But don’t be surprised if you see me going after another one here in the next little bit.”
Documenting the July 20 caber toss record involved a lot of paperwork. He had to send in a real-time video, a slow-motion video, photos, media coverage, witness statements, and much more.
“Then they have to go through and verify all those were accurate,” Frame said. “I had to take video of the weighing and measuring of the cabers.”
He said part of the process was documenting the event beforehand, during, and after.
“You can’t get any more accurate than Guinness,” he said. “They ensure that people do their homework and they do their homework. They’re not just a run-of-the-mill break-a-record here, break-a-record there. They stand by their name. They’ve been around doing it for a long time.”
Frame remembers as a kid getting the Guinness record books at the book fairs.
“I always thought it would be neat to be in one of those,” he said. “It’s cool that I’ll actually be among some of those record holders. Kids can read maybe my name in the future. Pretty neat.”
Asked what he would tell young athletes, Frame said don’t be afraid to dream big.
“Just because you’re from a small town, or some things seem insurmountable, things can be done,” he said. “Hard work works, and always try to have some supports around you. I’ve been very fortunate my whole athletic career through a young age, university, and professionally to have some strong supports - family, friends, people I train with. You get the best out of yourself when you have people who want the best for you. Don’t be afraid to work hard because working hard gets good results. I think the testament of setting a world record in Middleton, Nova Scotia it really shows that anybody can do anything. Just go after it.”
Frame trains at Middleton gym Fitness Experience and is a teacher at Lawrencetown Education Centre working with at-risk youth. Frame teaches his students Highland Games events and helps the school host an annual Highland Gathering.
Many of Frame’s students were in attendance at the world record event in July.