The Grampian Games and, indeed heavyweight athletes throughout Scotland, were stunned on Sunday to hear of the sudden death of Calum Morrison from Aboyne at the young age of 48. Calum competed as a very strong and gifted teenager in the North Games and was the first winner of the Glenfiddich Novice Heavy Competition. He went on to compete successfully in the local and open heavies for many years and was steeped in the traditions of the Deeside Games. He was a fine hammer and weight thrower. Latterly he followed his father, Ian, into the pageantry of drum majoring and became a very entertaining and welcome face amongst the pipe band fraternity. Coming from Aboyne and gifted with prodigious strength, Calum was always fascinated by the exploits of Donald Dinnie and, at every opportunity, he tried his hand at lifting the famous Dinnie Stones. Much has been written about athletes, local and international, attempting this feat but, without doubt, Calum, achieved the most successful lifts. This was done quietly without any high profile publicity. Aboyne Games are planning a Donald Dinnie Exhibition at this year‘s games and Calum was looking forward to his hero being celebrated. The sad passing of this larger than life character who also enjoyed a dram and outrageous fun and , has been a constant on the Deeside circuit for some thirty years, will be deeply felt by all who knew him.
Published: 2012-05-07 21:27:30