Defending champion and longtime Scottish athletics competitor Eric Frasure, 29, of Denver, N.C., took home the first place title in heavyweight athletics at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games again on Saturday.
Frasure first competed in traditional Scottish athletics in Clover, S.C, in 1999 and hasn’t missed a Grandfather Mountain Highland Games since he was 12 years old. He tried out for the amateur heavyweight competition at age 14, qualified at age 15 and turned pro in 2007.
Frasure won four out of seven events Saturday but says he doesn’t favor one more than the other.
“I love them all. Every event has its own challenge, and you can always get better,” Frasure said. “You get really good athletes here. There’s no lack of effort; you have to fight to win.”
Frasure trains at CrossFit Allegiance in Denver to stay competition-ready.
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games occurred this year without the presence of Ross M. Morrison Jr., who was a judge and a mentor to the athletes for nearly 60 years until his death in 2013. He served as president of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games from 1997-2013.
“He was a big part of a lot of games for us,” Fraser said. “It was always a good feeling to see Ross.”
For more information on the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, please visit www.gmhg.org or call (828) 733-1333.
SCOTTISH ATHLETIC EVENT RESULTS:
56-Pound Weight Throw (for distance)
1. Eric Frasure, Denver, NC 38’ 6”
2. Chris Chafin, Currie, NC 37’ 7”