Not a fluke after all

STEPHEN Brown of Burrell Creek had put his victory in the men's caber toss in 2012 down to beginners luck.

Caber Toss champ Stephen Brown with Wade King at the 2014 Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival.

Caber Toss champ Stephen Brown with Wade King at the 2014 Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival.

The traditional Scottish game is held each year at the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival and when Stephen rocked up the first time he had no expectations and nothing to lose.

Coming back for more in 2013 he said "the nerves got the better of me."

And so, on a misty morning in May 2014 Stephen pledged to give it one more try.

His first two attempts that day were "an absolute failure."

Stephen's family had come to watch but after the two unsuccessful throws they had all left Central Park to attend a party.

But Stephen wasn't finished yet.

He was allowed one more throw which gave him a small chance of getting through to the final.

Up against some serious contenders dressed in kilts, Stephen gave it everything he had.

"You won't believe it!" He screamed down the phone to his wife moments later.

Turning her car around, Suzanne rushed back to Wingham for the men's final and to catch her husband's moment of glory.

"It all happened so quickly," said Stephen of the next round of throws and his almost perfect score to see him crowned the winner.

"I had been ready to give up," admits Stephen.

"It's a bit of a fluke but I am very proud."

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