Frizell takes swing at Highland games heavy athletic events

When Sultana Frizell didn’t qualify for the IAAF world championships in London, the track and field athlete didn’t want to sit around and pout about it.

Instead, the two-time Olympian started practising with hammers in the backyard of her family’s farm in Perth, Ont., in preparation for the 38th annual New Brunswick Highland Games Festival in Fredericton this weekend.

Frizell will take part in the women’s heavy athletic events. Although she’s used to competing in the hammer throw at track meets, she’s had to spend some time learning about the Scottish events, with help from YouTube.

“I basically go out there with the cows and throw things with them,” said the 32-year-old, holder of the hammer throw record at the Commonwealth Games.

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