Saltwater Highland Games showcase sports diversity

The weekend of March 24-25 highlighted the diversity of sports opportunities on the Grand Strand.

While the golf courses and sports fields and diamonds were packed as usual, a different breed of athletes were competing in the Saltwater Highland Games at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.

In addition to the traditional Celtic contests of strength and skill, such as the stone put, hammer throw, and caber and sheaf toss, the event also included the fictional sport of quidditch.

Featured in the Harry Potter book series, the sport involves players using broomsticks and dodgeballs and a Golden Snitch. Even four-legged athletes got into the action with the Border Collie herding competition.

Coastal Carolina University hosted the quidditch tournament, which attracting college teams from all over the country and Canada to compete in the increasingly popular pastime.

Photos by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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