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A decade of Junior Games at Braemar

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The 2014 Braemar Junior Highland Games were bigger and better than ever before as they celebrated 10 years of the event.

Despite the bad weather at the weekend, the turnout was high and there were athletes competing from as far afield as Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

More than 1200 people attended and cheered the youngsters on as they enjoyed a day rich in fun as well as heritage.

The Junior Highland Games are organised to allow children between the ages of five and 18 the opportunity to participate in games events normally reserved for adults and hope to create interest for future generations and, indeed, three ‘Heavies’ who compete in the main games got their start at past junior events.

The emphasis is on fun and the event is intended to provide educational experiences in an informal and participative way.

It was held in the Braemar Games Field with backing from The Braemar Highland Society.

Children participated as well as received education and instruction in a number of traditional games events overseen by qualified instructors.

Events included a highland dancing competition, piping competition, tug of war teams events and the Creag Choinnich Challenge followed by an evening family marquee ceildh dance.

On Sunday, a family fun day took place.

The pipe band display marked the end of the festivities.

A spokesman for the organising committee said: “We would just like to give a big thank you to everyone who helped run the games. This is a voluntary venture and without people giving up there free time there is absolutely no way we could continue.”

Clockwise, from top - putting the stone; a tug-o-war team pulls to win; judges study the drumming competition; Highland Fling competition on the dancing board.

 

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