Gabriel started taking bagpipe lessons Summer of 2019 under Bradley Green. He has always enjoyed attending Scottish festivals with his family in years past and was excited to learn such a uniquely Scottish instrument. He hopes to begin competing next year. Gabriel comes from a long line of Boyds from Kilmarnock in Scotland and hopes to keep his Scottish history alive for future generations. His favorite thing is to do at the festivals is to watch the Caber Toss.
Savannah Maria starting learning Scottish Highland Dancing under Dr. Kathryn Austin mid-January 2019. Since then, she has won her age division trophy at the Richmond Highland games (2019), Charleston Highland games (2019), Orlando Highland games (2020), and Northeast Florida Highland games (2020). She was also selected as the Most Promising Beginner at the Orlando Highland games. She has since moved up and now begun competing as a Novice dancer.
Emma started dancing at the age of 2 with Kathryn Austin at CDPA, the Centre for Dance and the Performance Arts. She fell in love with Scottish Highland Dance at age 4. She started competing at 6 1/2 as a primary dancer. This last year has been so exciting and rewarding for Emma as a dancer. As a beginner dancer, she went to 6 competitions and received many 1st and 2nd places. Plus, she won her first trophy for her age group in Savannah, GA. (2019). She, also, won the trophy in her age group on both competition days at the Stone Mountain Highland games (2019). This past January she moved up to a Novice dancer. She competed at a the Northeast Florida games this past February and received her first stamp as a Novice dancer. Emma enjoys performing whenever she can. She’s performed at the school talent show, a holiday festival showcasing her heritage, the Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival, St Andrews events and other events around town.
Bruce Rutherford is a 62-year-old retired USCG and law enforcement officer who was looking for a sport to participate in to aid in keeping fit and having watched Sottish Highland Games for a couple of years decided to give it a try. In July 2019 he began training with Brian Moya and joined the Florida Foundation of Scottish Athletics. He has participated in 2 workshops, Clay County Fair Grounds and Jasper Fl. He also has at the Mount Dora Scottish Festival, Central Florida Highland Games, Sarasota Highland Games and the Northeast Florida Highland Games. Though he is in the 60 and over Masters Division, he has been competing in the 50 and over Masters Divisions to date.