Bill Anderson (strongman)
6 June 1937
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||300 lb (140 kg)|
|World Highland Games Championships|
|Champion||World Highland Games Championships 1981|
|Scottish Highland Games Championships|
|USA Highland Games Championships|
|Canadian Highland Games Championships|
|World's Strongest Man|
|9th||1979 World's Strongest Man|
|Britain's Strongest Man|
|2nd||1979 Britain's Strongest Man|
Bill Anderson MBE (born 1937) is a Scottish heavyweight sportsman. He won the World Highland Games Championships in 1981 and the Scottish Highland Games Championships 16 times. He has also held every possible Scottish record in Highland Games.
Bill was born on Greenferns Farm, Bucksburn, close to Aberdeen in Scotland. He began competing as an 18-year-old at Alford in 1956 and went on to compete at the top of his sport, excelling at caber tossing and hammer throwing.
Anderson dominated the heavy events for three decades, winning 16 Scottish championship titles as well as British, European, American, Canadian and World championships.
Anderson claimed his first Scottish title in 1959 and he became the first man to hurl the hammer 150 feet (46 m) in 1969. Of the heavy events, the Scots hammer was Anderson's, wooden shafted and thrown from a standing position. His 1969 Scottish Championship record of 123 feet 5 inches (37.62 m) with the 22 lb hammer still stands. The one and only time he threw the wire hammer was on national service in Aden in 1957 when with a standing throw he reached 133 feet (41 m).
He is the grandfather-of-five and still works part-time. He also judges at the Aberdeen, Crieff, Aboyne and Braemar Highland games.
- 1981 World Highland Games Championships Champion
- Four times World Caber Tossing Champion
- Winner of 16 Scottish Highland Games Championships
- Five times USA Highland Games Champion 1976–1980
- Canadian Highland Games Champion 1977
Awards and honours
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- Bailey, Ben (16 August 2008). "Good Crieff, he's still a games star at 70". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
- Smith, Graeme (20 September 1980). "King of the Highland Games Circuit … and still going strong after 25 seasons". The Glasgow Herald. p. 22. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
- "World's Strongest Man finals".
- "Highland Fling – Bill Anderson's journey from farm boy to World Champion". Amazon.com. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
- Ross, John (12 June 2009). "Legal eagle writes book on Highland Games hero". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
- "Bill Anderson Reigns as King of Highlands". Saratosa Journal. 9 August 1978. Retrieved 20 January 2010.