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UPDATES for 2022 MWC in Moncton, NB: 04/24/2022

UPDATES for 2022 MWC in Moncton, NB: 04/24/2022

Now You Know: #MWC2022MONCTON

Welcome and congratulations on qualifying and representing your country at the Masters world championships in beautiful Moncton, NB , Canada. Please note our games web page is www.monctonhighlandgames.com and you can find us on facebook, Instagram as well. Our host hotel is the crownePlaza Moncton downtown. This will be our host hotel. (https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/moncton/yqmms/hoteldetail)

Note there will be a free shuttle that will be driving back and forth every 15-30min to and from the field and dropping off at the main doors of the hotel. They will be running Friday evening starting at 4pm- 11pm, then again Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:30am-11:30pm for all athletes and there family or friends. If you are arriving at the Moncton international airport, please reach out to me as we do have some volunteers which can help pick you up and get you to your hotel/Air Bnb etc. We can’t guarantee we can get everyone but will do our best to help where we can. Note the host hotel is about 1.1 km (0.7miles) drive to the field and about a 15 min walk or 1km or 0.6 miles.

Arriving to Canada (Covid restrictions)

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

Note when arriving in Canada masks are still required in Airports, hospitals and nursing homes.

All fully vaccinated travellers are allowed into Canada as per above linked guidelines. Please note you must have 2 vaccinations

Vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

• AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)

• Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)

• Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

• Medicago Covifenz

o Note to travellers: As of April 25, 2022, you’ll have the option to select this vaccine when submitting your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN

• Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 to 11 years

• Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)

• Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years

• Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)

• Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received your full vaccination at least 14 calendar days by the day you travel:

• at least 2 doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel

• or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines

• or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine

• If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French.

• Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.

• Translation of documents

• Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.

• If your proof of vaccination doesn't meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid. You will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Checklist of what you need to have ready at the border

To enter or return to Canada as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must follow all of these requirements.

Whether you’re driving or flying, have the following items with you for assessment by a government official at the border (land border crossings do not provide WiFi for travellers):

• Until April 25, 2022 at 12:01 am (ET): Results of pre-entry tests for any unvaccinated children 5 years of age or older (note this will not apply after April 25, 2022.)

• ArriveCAN receipt with letter A, I, or V beside the vaccinated traveller’s name

• Proof of vaccination that was uploaded into ArriveCAN (original or paper copy)

• If already recovered, bring your proof of a prior positive molecular test result

• Until April 25, 2022 at 12:01 am (ET): Have a quarantine plan

• Travel document entered in ArriveCAN (e.g. passport)

*Note must use the Arrivecan app 72 hours prior to arrival. Please check on the link provided above for the latest requirements as things may change from time to time.

-Currently the province and the city of Moncton don’t have mask, or restrictions in place for covid other then what the federal government has imposed. Masks may be worn for those who feel more comfortable, but they are not required. We ask all athletes to respect those who choose to wear a mask.

Schedule for the weekend will be as follows:

All events will be held at 250 Assumption Blvd, Moncton, NB.

https://www.google.ca/maps/place/250+Assomption+Blvd,+Moncton,+NB+E1C+0R5/@46.0805296,-64.7826785,591m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4ca0b914c240937d:0x2d82b5e6f5266c5d!8m2!3d46.07983!4d-64.78167

Field #5 and field #6 will be to the right of the main parking lot area.

Friday 17th, 2022

Regional highland games from 11am – 4:30pm

Any international competitor’s family or friends wishing to take part can email me to see availability. Cost is $30 and will include a shirt and water and Gatorade on the field.

Friday 17th, 2022 Registration/Weigh in’s 5pm (field #5 Athlete’s Tent) Receive swag bags, 2 throwing shirts, event passes, beer tickets, games booklet with schedule and map of games, athletes free wi-fi password for the games field.

Friday 17th, 2022 6pm-8pm Opening Banquet for athletes and welcoming messages and review of weekend for throwers.

8pm-11pm Concert on site on the Main Stage (free to athletes)

Saturday 9am-6pm Competition begins for athletes. Each group will be throwing 4 scoring events each day. Rain or shine.

We will send a layout of the field and each of the throwing areas. Athletes will go to the throwing area based on the event they are throwing, a judge and marker along with volunteers to shag weights for the athletes.

After each throw, the judge will announce the throw if it was not a foul, the score keeper will repeat the score to ensure accuracy. As an athlete this is your opportunity to bring up any concerns with the judge only about the distance or throw once the next thrower goes the judge and scorer will be instructed to move on to

next athlete. Once the event is complete, they will announce the placements of athletes. This is again an opportunity to bring up any issues if a scorer or judge missed the placements of an athlete. For example, scorer and judge placed someone 4th instead of 3rd by missing a higher distance. Once announced the top 3 athletes are to head to the medal circle to receive their medals. We will have a podium and little presentation a long with pictures. Please make sure to listen to the throw distance announced by judge and confirmed by scorer as this will help to avoid any placings and issues at end of events and for overall scores.

Note: we will have light food, water and snacks available all day in the athletes tent as well as cheap beer prices for the athletes. There will also be local craft beer vendors out in the main games areas for those wishing to try our local craft beer.

Sunday 9am-6pm

Continued throwing as we did Saturday, food , water etc. will still be provided on both days in the athletes tent.

Sunday 6pm- Announce overall winners and present top 3 athletes with there trophies.

6:30-7pm start Lobster Dinner for Athletes and judges as well as a private concert by American rogues for Athletes, judges and volunteers.

Due to the cost of lobster we will require athletes to confirm if they plan on staying for the lobster supper on Sunday night by May 1, 2022.

Athlete’s pass for family and friends.

* Note if you’re travelling with family/friends they are also able to take part and have access to all the food supplied all weekend and the athletes tent for the price of $100 for the weekend. Note a weekend pass is $60 so for $40 more they can accompany you for both suppers and have access to the food and drink on both Saturday and Sunday in the athletes tent. We will need to know by May 1st on how many guests

ticket you plan on buying also by May 1st and money for tickets will need to be submitted by May 15th, 2022. We are currently setting up e-transfer emails ("GMSAHeavies@gmail.com) and can accept mailed checks as well at this time.

Random questions/Answers:

We will be throwing out of a winged trig.

Handles will be triangle, exception for WOB which will be round.

Split groups will all throw caber and WOB together, but B group will be throwing first, then A group right after.

All stones, weights and cabers will be selected prior to throwing and will be ready at the field location for your throws.

We will have a practice area with similar weights/hammers for those wishing to warm up a little more.

Dogs are allowed on the venue (outside athlete’s tent) as long as they behave, are on a leash and you pick up after there mess.

If family and friends are coming, Friday’s events/concert is free to watch (donation to Plaid for Dad – prostate cancer is suggested)

Prices to the weekend events are listed on our website. Please see link https://monctonhighlandgames.com/schedule .

We will have food vendors and craft beer available on the main grounds, our main beer sponsor will be exclusive to the athletes tent.

Cannabis in New Brunswick (yes it’s legal here, but please familiarize yourself with our laws. Smoking on grounds is not permitted. https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/cannabis.html

Sheaf event- This is an extra event which is not scored in the Moncton highland games. We will have prizes for the winner of each division (ie: cash, duffle bags, merchandise etc based on sponsor of each division). You don’t have to participate as it doesn’t count for overall score but can’t win prizes unless you do.

We will be live streaming the entire event which will be posted on our website www.monctonhighlandgames.com, also shared on the Scottish masters website and facebook page.

Weather in June: It’s Canada so anything can happen, but typically this time of year we are looking at around 20 degree’s and mix sun with possibly showers is our usually forecast. We are running rain or shine. We plan on having lots of tents for those athletes to keep things dry or stay out of the sun if it gets to hot.

Over the next 3-4 weeks we will release some spots/recommendations for eating out, sightseeing etc, but if curious about something please don’t hesitate to ask.

Canada does go by the metric system but being so close to our USA neighbors we tend to go by imperial for all measurements. Scores will be measured by feet and inches as well as pounds.

There will be an information desk at the host hotel for those who might have questions on the games or the area. We plan on posting results and schedules in the main lobby as they come available.

We are setting up wi-fi on the field and athletes will have there own password which will be given out with your registration package.

We will have volunteers to shag the weights for each event.

We also have over 50 Cabers made for the event in case a few break.

We have hired security to watch the athletes tent and volunteers will do there best, but please be mindful to keep any personal or important information with you at all times or locked safely at your hotel.

World Records/National Records- We plan on having a certified scales onsite to quickly weigh and measure any record immediately after a throw. We will have MWC records, Canadian Records and world records marked on the field with there designated flag before each division beings the event.

Crowd- on a sunny day we usually have 2-3K people come to our games and hope and expect somewhere in the neighbor hood of 3-5K a day. With this being the first big event in our city since Covid we are unsure, but hope to have a great energetic crowd behind every throw.

PB/PR - If you have thrown a personal best or Personal record, please give the announcer a 2 thumbs up to indicate so and they will try to announce and recognized this accomplishment.

Promote our games- We will have lots of ads and promotion of the games, but if you can use our hashtag to help promote via social media etc, Please try to use #mwc2022Moncton.

*Online store opens next week, There will be an online store which you can purchase personalized MWC Moncton gear which will be ready for you when you arrive to register on Friday. Everything from beer mugs, hats, duffle bags, track suits etc for male, women, and junior sizes. Note the store will only be up for a few weeks to ensure we have these items ready when you arrive. They can personalize such as your last or first name on the arm or your national flag for example.

Judges/Markers/Scorers – Our group of judges, markers in the field and scorers are mostly from our regional throwing group and most are top ranked/experienced throwers in their division within the Canadian Scottish Athletic federation, as well as some special judges which include former MWC Champions or participants.

Any issues above the judges are to be taken to myself, Bryan MacLean, as Athletic Director or Michael Dickens to resolve, with the exception of each of the divisions that we are throwing in. Issues that may arise in Michael’s division (M50-54) are to come to me and issues in my divisions (LW40-44) are to go to Mike only.

SCHEDULE FOR EACH DIVISION:

Note for schedule a W in front of the age group indicates Women.

A list of rules, map of field will be forwarded to all athletes prior to there arrival in June.

Last but not least, we hope everyone comes and has a great time with big throws, but please remember to respect other athletes, judges and our volunteers who are working hard to make sure this is one of the best MWC’s for you as athletes.

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The Scottish Masters Athletics International (SMAI) is organized and operated to foster international amateur sports competition for charitable and cultural purposes. We are the exclusive sanctioning authority and host for the Masters World Championships (MWC) for the traditional Scottish Highland Games athletic competitions called the "Heavy Events."

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