Hall of Fame

Members of Distinction

Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson
Scotland

Bill Anderson is one of the greatest and best-known Highland Games champions in modern times. His competitive career spanned an amazing 32 years, from 1956 until 1988, when he retired from competition at the age of 51.

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Dan Dewelt
Dan Dewelt
Joplin, Missouri

Dan has accumulated numerous top throws, in multiple events, across four age groups. Known for his willingness to assist any athlete who asks, with any aspect of their throws, Dan is an excellent technical thrower and student of the games.

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Frank Carl
Frank Carl
Escondido, California

Winning 5 times in 3 age classes, his name can be found in numerous places on the SMAI list of top throws, and he holds 2 world records in the 70+ group as of this writing. He competed in local games from 1998 until 2008.

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Greg Bradshaw
Greg Bradshaw
Littleton, Colorado

In the early 1980’s, Greg initiated decathlon-style scoring, which permitted Masters athletes of different age groups to compete with one another on a leveled playing field-- and provided a boost to the number of Masters athletes competing.

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John Ross
John Ross
Santa Rosa, California

John won the U.S. Caber Toss Championships in 1975, and the McVitties Trophy as Best Athlete. He finally began competing as a Master’s athlete in 1994—at the age of 57. He still has a number of top age-group throws on SMAI’s Records page.

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Kent Durso
Kent Durso
Franklin, Tennessee

As a weightlifter turned Highland Games Champion, Kent Durso began his throwing career at the age of 51, long after a distinguished collegiate Olympic weightlifting career at the University of Notre Dame. He is a four-time Masters Champion

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William "Wild Bill" Butler
William "Wild Bill" Butler
Fair Oaks, California

Bill Butler was not only a superb Highland Games athlete, he played a leading role in Scottish athletics for more than a decade, co-founding Scottish Masters Athletics International, serving other organizations, & promoting Scottish culture

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Class of 2013

Sue Hallen
Sue Hallen
Elk Grove Village, Illinois

As a lifetime athlete, having a strength and throwing background, Sue was approached about throwing in the highland games. She began competing annually at the Indiana Highland Games and Sue became a Highland Games Champion At age 43.

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William Rogers
William Rogers
Springfield, Illinois

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Class of 2014

Bill Leffler
Bill Leffler
Gibbs, Missouri

No one has won more Masters World Championships than Bill, and he has more in the tank. He has multiple world records in multiple age groups, as well as multiple Top 10 all-time marks over multiple age groups.

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Denise Houseman
Denise Houseman
Manchester, New Hampshire

Within 4 years of her first games throw, in 2006, Denise became a Masters World Champion. She repeated in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, winning a stunning 6 consecutive world championships while dominating her class.

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Gerry Reynolds
Gerry Reynolds
Inverness, Scotland

As a professional events manager and games atheltic director, Gerry's manifold contributions to the sport, to Masters throwing, and to SMAI in particular, have earned Gerry induction as the first non-athlete in the SMAI Hall of Fame.

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Ian Percy
Ian Percy
Greeley, Colorado

Ian has won numerous titles in both: a British (2001), Canadian (2003), two US (2004, 2012) and a World Title (2005, in Spain) in the Weight Pentathlon, to go with his two his two world titles in Denver (2010) and Albuquerque (2013)

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Class of 2015

Jim Spalding
Jim Spalding
Kirksville, Missouri

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Terri James
Terri James
New York, New York

Terri James started competing in Highland Games in 1999 after winning a national powerlifting title. After 4 years and introducing women's classes to many games, she attained a #1 ranking in the open women's class

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Class of 2016

Wayne Staggs
Wayne Staggs
Arvada, Colorado

Wayne is a three-time Masters World Champion, and holds a special distinction of having won it twice in Scotland in 2009 and 2014, as well as in St. Louis in 2017. Wayne is one of the true gentlemen of our sport.

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Class of 2017

Al Stagner
Al Stagner
Greeley, Colorado

Between 2009 and 2011, he won successively in Scotland, the U.S and Canada. Like others with a Track and Field background, Al early mastered stones and hammers, and soon everything else—especially WOB and sheaf.

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Larry Sisseck
Larry Sisseck
Petaluma, California

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Mark Buchanan
Mark Buchanan
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Mark owns at least one current world record, and appears a number of times in the Top Ten scores over the years in individual events. His top event is the caber where he is a master with few equals, but he truly has no weak events.

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Class of 2018

Hanshugo Surth
Hanshugo Surth
Germany

A three-times Masters World Champion,he started out with sports in the Track and Field aera, as thrower with the Highland Games he began his career in 2013, he is the first German entering the Hall of Fame.

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Ray Oster
Ray Oster

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Other Inductees

Bob Jeffery
Bob Jeffery
Ohio

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Dean Ross
Dean Ross

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Dirk Bishop
Dirk Bishop
Ontario, Canada

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Harvey Barkauskas
Harvey Barkauskas
London, Ontario Canada

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Ian Miller
Ian Miller
UK

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Terri Ventress
Terri Ventress
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Vern Alexander
Vern Alexander

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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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