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The Athletes - Neil Lowry

Born on June 17th, 1980, in Ottawa, Ontario; two days later Neil went home to his parent’s dairy farm and hasn’t stopped working since.  Over his career, his top events have been the Caber, and sheaf toss.  This will be Neil’s 17th season as a Heavy Events competitor at 6’1” and 275 lbs. 

Neil is a farmer and a licensed Funeral Director in the Province of Ontario for 14 years. He and his wife Heidi (who is a fellow Heavy Events competitor) have 3 awesome kids and reside in the town of Almonte, Ontario.



The Athletes - Matthew Doherty

Matthew Doherty

Matthew DohertyFrom Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the 30 year old Matt is coming to the Gathering with an incredible 12 years of experience in Highland Games competitions. Matt wears the “Irish County of Donegal” tartan. His PB’s include:

Braemar Stone - 22 lb 43'10” Canadian Record
Open Stone – 56'6" 17lb, 50’11” 20lb Canadian Record
Light Hammer – 146’6” Canadian Record
Heavy Hammer – 119'10.5” Canadian Record


The Athletes - Jasen VonGuiness


The Gathering of the Scots is one of the premiere events in Atlantic Canada, and the Scottish Heavy Event attracts many of the best athletes. The next series of posts will highlight this year's competitors.

Jasen VonGuinness (37) hails from Kinderhook, NY. His athletic career has brought him all over North America in sports like Currach Racing, Powerlifting, Dodgeball, Strongman and Highland Games. He's been competing in the Highland Games for 5 years and has ventured into the Athletic Director spot hosting a few games in the Albany. NY area. Jasen's favorite event is hammers, but what he enjoys most is the camaraderie and the ability to travel while sharing the love of competition with others.