Strongman Ray unveils his Highland Games plans

Carrick-on-Suir strongman Ray O’Dwyer is planning to go professional as a Highland Games competitor in Scotland next summer following a successful performance at a contest in Inverness last month.

Carrick-on-Suir strongman Ray O’Dwyer is planning to go professional as a Highland Games competitor in Scotland next summer following a successful performance at a contest in Inverness last month.

Ray O’Dwyer finished fourth overall in the annual Inverness Highland Games and won the 20 foot caber tossing event at the Loch Ness village of Arisaig in another Highlands Games competition on July 25.

The former Ireland’s Strongest Man title holder said his performances had given him a great boost in confidence as he hadn’t competed in any strong man events for two years prior to taking part in the Highland Games.

He said he now plans to go professional on the Highland Games circuit in Scotland next summer for two months.

“I am after getting a lot of tips and information on the Highland Games. The events are very closely related to athletics field events like the discus and shot, and the throwing techniques are very difficult to learn and you need a lot of power and speed. But I am going to try out all these techniques and training methods.

Apart from the well known caber tossing, other Highland Games events include hammer throwing, the weight for height 56lbs, stand and throw stone 23lbs and weight for distance 28lbs.

Ray, who turns 40 this year, said his long term goal is to be in peak form for the World Masters Highland Games, which will take place in Inverness in 2014.