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BILL ANDERSON MBE – it is with great sadness we announce the recent death of Bill Anderson. Bill was a true highland games heavyweight legend, he competed home and abroad for over 30 years and won numerous titles and championships including the Scottish Heavyweight Championship sixteen times. He was awarded the MBE in 1977. – more to follow.


Bill Anderson who has died aged 81 was Scotland's foremost heavy Games athlete of all time. Between 1959 and '87 he won 16 Scottish titles outright and shared 2 with great rival Arthur Rowe. He also won numerous British, European, American, Canadian and World titles as well as several World Caber Tossing Championships. His career spanned 32 years, from his debut at Alford in 1956 till his final competitive appearance in Sydney, Australia in 1988.Considered the ultimate competitor, always capable of winning under pressure with his final throw, American heavy Brian Oldfield affectionately nicknamed him 'The Rhino', as- 'once Bill got going there was no stopping him!' He was a wonderful ambassador for the Games throughout the world whose outstanding personal qualities endeared him to all.Latterly he was a highly regarded judge at Braemar,Crieff and Aboyne. JACK DAVIDSON

Published: 2019-08-13 10:26:21