Peter and Christina take World titles on Easdale

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Sporting visitors from as far afield as New Zealand and the USA travelled to the tiny island of Easdale on Sunday to compete at the 23rd World Stone Skimming Championships.

Growing in popularity year on year, the event attracts people of all ages and from all walks of life, as well putting the island in the national media spotlight.

Having run the competition for more than two decades the organising committee have the staging of the event down to a fine art and declared the 2019 championship an overwhelming success for all involved.

Committee member Keren Cafferty told The Oban Times: ‘Once again there were well over 300 entries for the stone skimming with hundreds more coming to support the event.’

‘The weather stayed dry for us and everyone we spoke to seemed to have a fantastic time.

‘Numbers were slightly down for people travelling over on the ferry on Sunday, but more people are now coming over on the Saturday for the dance and staying the night.

‘All in all it has been another tremendous success. Long may it last!’

This year a total of 11 competitors were involved in a cumulative three-skim Toss Off having all hit the back wall during the main competition.

Peter Szep from Hungry retained the title he won last year with a back wall (BW) hit and a cumulative score of 189 metres with his other two stones.

Dougie Isaac (Scotland) and George Fraser (Shetland) ties for second place on BW/178m with Paul Crabtree (UK) third with BW/160m.

In the ladies section it was UK’s Christina Bowen-Bravery who took the top spot with a throw of 41m. Lynsay McGeachy (40m) was second and Lucy Wood (UK), third.

Scotsman Ron Long won the Old Tosser (male) competition, with Barbara Waltham (UK) taking the equivalent female title with a throw of 14m.

The Bertie trophy, named after event founder Bertie Baker, for the best Easdale Islander went to Jamie Melville who skimmed his stone 50m.

Other results

Junior boys (10-15 incl): 1. Connor Fraser (Shetland) 55m; 2. Fin Dower (Belgium/Scotland) 37m; 3. Tristan Spurway (Scotland) 34m.

Junior girls: 1. Anya Gray (Scotland) 18m; 2. Nina McClure (Scotland) 14m; 3. Maia Lev (Scotland) 13m.

Under-10 boys: 1. Izen Bird (Scotland) 33m; 2. MacKenzie Wolfson (Scotland) 32m; 3. Eliaz Gicquel (France) 25m.

Under-10 Girls: 1, Elizabeth Marshall (Scotland) 12m; 2. Lana Ley (Scotland) 11m; 3. Heidi Matyszak (Scotland) 8m.

Team winner: In It 2 Skim It.

All proceeds from the championships go to Eilean Eisdeal, the island charity and community development organisation, with parking monies going towards the Seil Island Hall Development Fund.

Photographs of the ladies and gents winners: Jordan Young of LoveLiveRun.