Erinn Quinn has a lot of fun throwing heavy objects around.
The 29-year-old nurse has been competing in Scottish heavy events for five years, and is one of the women who will be in Bible Hill for the Colchester Highland Games & Gathering this weekend.
“I’ve always been an athlete, and when I retired from powerlifting I felt a little lost,” she said. “Luckily, I found this.”
Quinn was working out at the University of New Brunswick campus gym when someone asked her if she was interested in a heavy events workshop.
“I tried it, and I kind of fell in love with it that night,” she recalled.
“I like taking part in events. It’s really nice to have your summer filled with weekends where you’re with friends and having fun. And it’s good for your health.”
Quinn, who lives in Prince Edward Island, was invited to nationals this year, but work commitments prevented her from going.
She said that women who’ve been competing for several years have noticed more opportunities opening up for women recently.
Because her ancestry is Irish, Quinn’s kilt is made of the All Ireland tartan.
“Everyone should try make it to at least one highland games,” she said. “If you’re not Scottish, you get to be Scottish for a day, and it’s a really nice time.”
She will be competing at the games in Bible Hill on Saturday morning.
The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
Erinn Quinn’s personal bests:
Braemar Stone 12.8lbs: 26'10
Open Stone 8.2lbs: 36'4
28lb Heavy Weight for Distance: 35'4
14lb Light Weight for Distance: 65'4
16lb Heavy Hammer: 61'5
12lb Light Hammer: 73'11
28lb Weight for Height: 13'6
Caber: 16ft - 47lbs 1:00
The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering includes a parade on Saturday, which will mean street closures for a short period of time. The parade will leave St David's Avenue at 10:40 a.m. It will go down Pictou Road, to Vimy, onto Ryland Avenue, and into the exhibition grounds.