GAIF Hosts New York State Highland Games Championships

July 16, 2019

UTICA NY    The Great American Irish Festival is pleased to announce the return of the NEW YORK STATE highland Games Championships.

Chuck Livingston, competitor and host of these games via the Buffalo Heavies, reports “We have many outstanding athletes performing this tear as in last year’s tremendous success.  Returning are all top 10 world championship competitors, including:

  • Tim  Mullaly, one of the top masters athletes in the country  returning from the US nationals #6.
  • Courtney McGuire,  currently #2 in the world and # 2 at this years nationals.
  • Chris Sickler, Local Lad…placed in top 10 at this years lightweight nationals.
  • Kathryn Kendall, currently #4 in the world and #3 at the nationals this year.
  • John Jans,  #2 at US national and probable world champion this year.
  • Jen Taylor, US Champion.
  • Terri James, multiple times world Champion and holder of at least 9 world records.
  • Mike Watson, currently # 8 in US,  qualified for world championships.
  • Paul Helfinstein, currently# 10 in US.
  • Chuck Livingston, 9 time word competitor  holds senior masters world sheaf record currently # 6 in world, placed 6th at US championships in May this year.

These are all  masters athletes!!!!   40 years old or more…We host 4 of the top senior masters in the country…….   we have as well some of the top and up coming amateurs in the area as well Nick Kahanick, former world amateur champion and world record holder, and also performing will be Matt Hand, one the top upcoming professionals in the area.”

9 Events IN TWO DAYS…YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS COMPETITION AND SEE WHO YOUR NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONS WILL BE!!!!

But it’s not all fun and games.  In addition, there will a traditional Celtic hand fasting wedding ceremony.   Chuck Livingston, competitor and host of these games,  will be marrying Ms Davina Roos.   This will be at ~1:30 PM on Saturday.