James Sears of Plymouth, Pictou County, a founding member of the Old Scotia Heavy Events Association, competed in Highland Games strength events from 1952 to 1997, by far the longest career of any heavy event athlete. Between 1953 and 1962 he won six caber toss events, four shot puts and had three seconds in the discus. His record for the long toss caber event, set in 1960, has never been broken.

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