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Sports Around the World – Spotlight on the Caber Toss

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Each year, from May to September, the Highland Games take place in various locations in Scotland. One of the most iconic and physically demanding events is that of the Caber Toss. This event is a unique feat of strength, skill, and coordination!

What is the Caber Toss?

The caber is a hefty wooden pole that measures around 19 feet in length and can weigh up to 175 pounds. The goal of the Caber Toss is for the athlete to flip the caber end over end so that it lands straight in front of them in the 12 o’clock position. Successfully tossing the caber involves strength, balance, and coordination, and mastery requires years of training and practice.

The Origins of Caber Toss

The Caber Toss has its roots in the ancient Highland tradition of testing the strength and agility of Scottish warriors. The word “caber” comes from the Gaelic word “cabar,” meaning a wooden beam or pole. Historically, it demonstrated a warrior’s ability to toss a tree trunk across a river or breach enemy defenses. Over time, the Caber Toss became a competitive event within the Highland Games, symbolizing Scottish strength and heritage.

What are the Highland Games?

The Highland Games are a beloved tradition celebrated in Scotland for centuries. Originating in the Scottish Highlands, these games were initially an organized way for clans to showcase their athletic abilities. Today, the Highland Games bring together athletes, musicians, dancers, and spectators worldwide to engage in a unique blend of sports, entertainment, and cultural activities.

Learn More

To learn more about unusual and fascinating sports from diverse cultures and locations worldwide, check out Amazing Sports from Around the World. Part of the Language Lizard Explore collection, it is available in both English and 16 bilingual editions (more languages coming soon!) This multicultural book comes with free lesson plans, fun printable activities, and English and Spanish audio and appeals to all ages, especially older language learners.


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