The Games Committee is very grateful to the Trading Standards team from Perth & Kinross Council for helping us check our heavyweight equipment. We asked the team, which is the local Weights and Measures Enforcement Authority, to calibrate our weights, throwing hammers and shot puts.
Traditional Highland heavyweight events are very popular features at the Perth Games and the competition is fierce in the confined (local) and open competitions. The equipment, which includes 16lb & 22lb shots, 16lb & 22lb hammers and 28lb and 56 lb weights, needs to be calibrated to make sure it continues to meet national competition weight requirements.
Perth Highland Games Chairman Stevie Ryder said: “Our committee was delighted that the Council offered to carry out the calibration gratis in support of the Games. We need this to be done every few years so the competitors at Perth can demonstrate their amazing skill and strength in the knowledge that the equipment is in good order. We’d like to thank the Council for this valuable help.”
The testing of the equipment will be carried out at the Trading Standards service’s workshop in Perth using modern electronic weighing equipment. This equipment is traceable to national and international standards.
While this work is being carried out for free to assist the Perth Highland Games, Perth and Kinross Trading Standards offers a testing and verification or qualification of weighing and measuring equipment service to local business and other local organisations on the basis of published fees. Many local businesses already use this service for the testing and adjusting of their weights and the testing of their weighing and measuring equipment. Trading Standards can be contacted on 01738 476476.
The 2015 Perth Highland Games will be held at the North Inch on Sunday 9 August, part of Perth’s Big Tartan Weekend!