My Final Season

My Final Season

When I first started throwing in the Scottish Highland Games, I didn’t account for a lot of things. I had no idea to the amount of hours I would spend throwing in a field. I had no idea how many times I’d run through technique in my mind or mimic throws in my kitchen. I had no idea the sheer rush of adrenaline after a 12:00 throw or a big throw in the last round. This new world of throwing proved to be far more than I dreamed, and the experiences far more vast.

When I turned pro in 2007, Natalie, my wife, as ked me what I wanted to get out of being a “pro” and how long I wanted to do it. My goal, at the time, was pretty simple – have a blast throwing against the best this country has to offer. You see, at the time I had no grand plans of pursuing this at the international level as I figured I lacked the ability to do so.
In the fall of 2007 we discussed the length of my professional career, and, I asked Natalie for five years as a pro. I wanted to qualify for Nationals and compete as best I could for those five years. Fast forward 10 years, and I’m on five years of borrowed time.

In respect for my family and the sacrifices they’ve made through the years for me, I’ve decided that 2017 will be my final season in the Highland Games. Now, I’m not done lifting and training – far from it. For the past 23 years, I’ve been throwing something, and training to throw it as far as possible, and it’s time for me to leave my cleats on the field.
I have plans to pursue some other goals and I’ll outline those after this season, but for now, I’m focused on closing out my final season on a high note. I’ll be competing in the below schedule and working to win as many comps as I can.

August 5 – Detroit Highland Games
September 2 – World Championships, Hank, Holland
September 9 – Long’s Peak Highland Games, Estes Park, CO
September 16, 17 – New Hampshire Highland Games, Loon Mountain, NH
September 23, 24 – Celtic Classic, Bethlehem, PA

The Celtic Classic will be my final time throwing, and I’m sure a very emotional couple of days as I close this chapter of my life at one of my favorite places to throw. This journey has been an amazing one, and I’m so thankful for the experiences God has blessed me with, and the people He has brought into my life through this sport. I’ve grown so much over the years, and God has taught me so much about life and people through this sport, but this chapter needs to end as a new one begins for me and my family. This journey has been far beyond my expectations and dreams; thank you all for being a part of it, and I look forward to many years of friendship ahead.


  • Lee T.

    Awesome Dan what a good example you are showing for your boys.

  • Jennie Lamb

    What a role model I am sure you have been for your competitors. Wishing you the best with your future adventures!

  • Thomas Anthony

    Dan, you will be missed at the Celtic Classic !! For the years you came to Bethlehem you were a shining star that helped many of the other athletes see things a little different !! With your encouragement and love for your God !! So not only were you fulfilling your dreams you were helping others fulfill theirs !! You are a man of great character ! I wish you nothing but the best in your next journey !! But do hope you come back to visit us at Celtic Classic ! We need that shining star to keep that light burning for the up and coming athletes !!

  • Daniel Dorow

    A amazing talent, a idol, a inspiration and a motivation not just in sport you have been for me.
    As I first met you in Palmer, Alaska I was absolutly fascinated of your throwing. A big honor for me to throw with you in Hank again. You are a true rolemodel for any Athlete who compete in a high standard and manage a wonderfull familylife. All the best my Friend. Regards from Germany

  • Raymond Arcario

    You are an extraordinary athlete and person. The Highland Games will never be the same after your stellar career. I’m excited to learn what is next for you after this season. May God continue to bless you through your final competitions as you continue to honor Him. Looking forward to seeing you at the Celtic Classic. Enjoy ever moment, Daniel.

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