If you look on Page 243 of the new Guinness World Record book, you’ll find local highland games heavyweight events competitor Danny Frame. He’s in his iconic caber toss pose, face total concentration, hands cupped around the small end of the pole, and you just know he’s going to take a few steps and throw that big spruce tree into the air.
He does it better than almost anyone on the planet and Guinness was so impressed that he could do it 16 times in three minutes that they awarded him the record and – a real honour – included his photo and a brief write-up in the book.
“I got an email from Guinness about a week ago saying that I was one of the fortune people to be chosen to have a picture in this year’s book and that it would be coming out the end of August or early September,” Frame said. “So I went on the internet to find the release date, found it, and contacted some of the stores that were going to have it. I was really looking forward to seeing what the picture looked like.”
Frame and his son stopped at Costco on the way to the city.
“I took a look and there it was. There was a stack of them there,” he said. “I picked up a few for the family and for a couple friends.”
The photo is on the bottom right of a right-hand page with a kilted Frame facing a bit to the left as if he might walk off the bottom of the page. The caber extends almost to the top of the book.
FEELS REAL NOW
While the actual event was July 20 of 2018, and he knew five months later that his record was accepted by Guinness, seeing the photo in the book now made it all seem real.
“Doing the record was great, but I hadn’t heard confirmation,” he said. “When I heard confirmation, it made it seem a little more legitimate. To get my certificate in the mail made it even more so. But growing up, always looking in the book -- and I always dreamt when I was a kid that it would be so cool to be in this book – to see myself, to be in there from a small town in Nova Scotia just makes it kind of surreal and kind of puts the cherry on top, so to speak. You know I’ve kind of made it in terms of being part of history – the documented history in the book. Really, it’s fantastic and I’m still on cloud nine over it.”
But Frame didn’t just get one record and call it good. Less than a year later, he tried for a second Guinness World Record and fingers crossed all the paperwork associated with it was good, he might also be in the next book.
“June 1 in Perth Andover, New Brunswick, Dirk Bishop, who was one of the judges of the record in Middleton, him and I tried the tandem record for the most cabers flipped in three minutes,” Frame said. “The record’s 15. We were able to break the record and got 16, so we’re just waiting to hear back the official confirmation from Guinness that it does stand. But we’re pretty confident because we got all the paperwork and video in. And the good news in me doing one before we knew exactly what we had to deal with to get ready for this one. So we’re just waiting to hear back, hopefully within the next month or so.”
While it wasn’t perfect, the New Brunswick attempt went well.
“We could only use one caber so you had to use your time wisely,” he said. “We had some people standing the cabers quickly, like we did in Middleton. We had Taggart Roddy there. Derek Smith actually came up from Middleton to stand the cabers. It’s great to have those two young people involved, and hopefully in the future they’re going to start setting records too.”
They had one miss.
“It didn’t quite go through 90 degrees,” Frame said. “That would have given us 17, but 16 broke it. With one caber there’s no room for error because there’s not another one stood and ready to go. It took a full team effort and we’re pretty happy with how it went. If we did it again maybe we’d get more, but maybe we’d get less. As of right now we have the record and that’s what we’re proud of.”
Training has been key for the former CFLer. He moved to the area in 2007 after starting to train at Fitness Experience in Middleton in 2005, a Mecca for highland games athletes. That’s where he met up with Jamie Peppard who he now works with as a teacher for at-risk youth at Lawrencetown Education Centre.
“He was sort of the catalyst for getting me into strength sports,” Frame said. “It’s a cool environment. There’s people of all ages and all abilities there. It gives you the opportunity to train traditionally or do some untraditional events such as strength challenges or in this case highland games.”
Did you know?
Danny Frame is from Shubenacadie and after graduating from South Colchester High School as Athlete of the Year, played football for Acadia for five years and played in the CFL for three years with both the Toronto Argonauts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He said he owes a lot to Fitness Experience for getting him involved.
“I never would have picked up a caber and threw it if it wasn’t for the gym and the people that own it and work there,” he said. “It’s been a great place for me and I know it’s been really great for a lot of youth.”
Perhaps the proudest moment for Frame was when his young son William saw his dad’s photo in the book.
“We went to Costco and I opened it up to the page. I said ‘William, who’s this?’ He looked at the book and he looked at me and he looked at the book again and he’s like ‘That’s you daddy. It’s a caber.’ I said ‘do you remember that?’ And he goes ‘Yaaa,’ and he had a big smile on his face.”