Invergordon strongmen Tom and Luke Stoltman to appear at Inverness Highland Games

Tom and Luke Stoltman will be guests of honor at this year’s Inverness Highland Games.

The world’s strongest brothers are set to be the star attraction at this year’s Inverness Highland Games.

The Highland strongman siblings will meet fans and show off their incredible strength at the games at the city’s Bught Park on July 16.

In May, Tom won the World’s Strongest Man title for the second time, while Luke was named Europe’s Strongest Man last year.

The Games will be the first public appearance at which they show off their impressive trophy.

Inverness Provost Glynis Campbell-Sinclair said: “What an honor and pleasure to have the Stoltman Brothers at this year’s Highland Games.

“We are delighted that they have chosen Inverness to show their trophies publicly for the first time and throughout the day they will meet their many fans and show us what it takes to lift the Atlas Stones.

“This year’s games promise to be a day of fantastic fun for our residents and visitors and we look forward to showcasing the best the Highlands have to offer.

“I also strongly believe that the Inverness Highland Games continue to be an excellent community event, and therefore very worthy of the continued financial support provided by the Inverness Common Good Fund, as approved by the Regional Committee of the city of Inverness.”

Nicknamed “The Albatross” and “King of the Stones”, Tom Stoltman successfully defended his title as the world’s strongest man earlier this year, winning the accolade for the second year in a row, in California.

His brother Luke is Europe’s Strongest Man in 2021 and Scotland’s Strongest Man five times.

Luke is the eldest and started bodybuilding at 15.

Initially trained as a bodybuilder, he later became more interested in strength, entering and winning his first competition in 2011, aged 27.

This led to him taking part in the Highlands Strongest Man in 2012, held in a gymnasium parking lot in Inverness, where he again placed first.

A decade his junior and inspired by Luke’s success as Scotland’s strongest man, Tom started bodybuilding aged 16.

At the age of 18 he was Highlands Strongest Man and soon took the podium alongside Luke in Scotland’s Strongest Man.

Tom said: “The support I get from people back home in the Highlands means so much to me and I couldn’t wait to come back and see everyone.

“Winning the strongest man in the world once is amazing, but winning him twice is amazing.

“I look forward to meeting everyone in July for what is going to be a great day and a classic Highland Games.”

Luke added: “As athletes we often go through the blues after competition so coming home to the Highlands to see everyone is a real joy.

“Spending time with our friends, family and the people of the Highlands is very important and I can’t wait to see everyone before we get back to training for our next competitions this year and World’s Strongest Man 2023.”

The Inverness Highland Games will also feature the magnificent heavyweights, athletics, pipes and drums and Highland dancing.

Games Committee Chairman Angus Dick said: “With just a few weeks left, we look forward to welcoming the many Highland Games enthusiasts to the city, with a focus on a return to Highland Games tradition. so that our families and friends can enjoy it.

Amy MacLeod, High Life Highland Events Manager, said: “The Stoltman brothers are incredible ambassadors for Scotland, representing the Highlands on the world stage, and we are honored to have them at the Games.

“Tickets are now available on our website along with forms for those who wish to participate and we look forward to seeing you all there.”

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