One of the Games’ best known and most recognisable and popular figures, Douglas Edmunds, sadly died on Friday aged 76 after a courageously fought long spell of illness. He was an outstanding heavy events athlete who joined the ‘pro’ circuit in 1975 going on to enjoy much success including winning the World Caber Tossing title and the Braemar Gathering heavy championship. Previously as an amateur athlete he won the Scottish shot putt title four times, discus three times and represented Scotland on several occasions. A noted strongman who was a champion student boxer he also enjoyed success in weightlifting and played rugby to a high standard representing Zambia while based there. He promoted Games here and abroad to which he attracted top heavies from all over. He was also involved for many years in the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ series in which he was a familiar figure on TV in his refereeing role and was very honoured to receive a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. An outgoing larger than life character he made a lasting contribution to the Games and will long be remembered.
Published: 2020-11-01 17:42:17