Traditional Ways to Woo Your Lover: Sports Edition

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It’s no secret that in the times of old, a strong, sporting male was much more likely to attract a mate than an academic. A buff, manly man was far more likely to maintain a household and bring honour to his name - or so was the logic.

The best example of sports being used as a way to secure a spouse is probably the Scottish Highland Games. These Games were used for a variety of things, including finding the fastest possible foot messenger through foor races, as well as finding a suitor for high ranking ladies. Obviously, your ability to throw a tree is an indication of your fitness to be a spouse.

In more recent times, the Highland Games are still going strong, but have been adapted as a more equally opportunity competition with categories for both men and women. While you could very well go to Scotland to try your hand at the Games, a much closer alternative lies in the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Fergus, ON., from August 11th to 13th. Registration is available at their website, now!

Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 22, February 14th, 2017.