Scottish Games

Radford Highlanders Festival welcomes new athletic director

The Radford Highlanders Festival 20th anniversary celebration will feature a new face at the helm of the Tom Raisbeck Memorial Games and a beefier, competitive look.

Chad Clark will take over for longtime Athletic Director (AD) David Strunk, who judged and directed the games for the last 15 years. The 2015 games will feature three 12-athlete divisions - A, B and women, an increase from its traditional single open division.  Interested athletes can contact Clark at greenhillhighlandgames@gmail.com.

Clark is also the director of the Green Hill Highland Games, held in Salem’s Green Hill Park, which just finished its seventh year.

The veteran competitor in regional strongman and powerlifting competitions and judge at regional games is excited about working with the City of Radford and Radford University as AD of the current edition of the games. A member of the Association of Scottish Games and Festivals, Clark is also the Mid-Atlantic regional co-chair of the Scottish Games League, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the Scottish Heavy Events while preserving the heritage of the sport and Scottish Highland Games Festivals.

“I started my Scottish Games career on a whim at the Radford games a long time ago,” said Clark. “The Radford games have always had a special place in my heart and Bisset Park will be a beautiful place to compete on a fall day.”

Clark will be assisted by Bill Schrader, a veteran Radford competitor and founder of the Green Hill Highland Games competition.

The Raisbeck Games at the Radford Highlanders Festival will feature events traditionally associated with rural and military life in the Scottish Highlands, such as weight-for-distance and height, the clachneart, or shot put; the hammer toss, the sheaf toss and the caber toss. A champion, or athlete of the Day, will be crowned in each division.  Defending champion Tim St. Clair of Callaway is expected to be on-hand to defend his 2014 championship.

The Highlanders Festival and Bisset Park, combines a day of athletics, music and entertainment for festival-lovers of all ages. For those of Scots-Irish origin or of other descent, the day includes fall fun and excitement against the backdrop of with the Blue Ridge Mountains and New River.  

To learn more, contact Don Bowman at (540) 831-5182 or e-mail dbowman@radford.edu.

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