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Lucknow, Ontario, Canada: Donald Dinnie, Greatest Athlete of the World

Donald Dinnie was a 19th century Scotsman who excelled in traditional Highland sports such as throwing rocks. He competed in Lucknow, and the town in 2010 unveiled an unusual folk-art-style statue of Dinnie made of 1500 feet of 3/16 wire, sculpted by by Lucknow artist William Dickie.

580 Campbell St., Lucknow, ON, Canada
Downtown, on the southeast corner of Inglis St. and Hwy 86/Campbell St., beneath a flagpole flying he Canadian flag, next to the Lucknow Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.
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Statue of Famous Scottish Athlete

Donald Dinnie was a famous Scotsman who lived from 1837-1916. At age 16 he began entering athletic competitions, and was soon named "The Greatest Athlete of the World." During his 50 years as a competitor he entered 11,000 events, and was a regular participant at the Caledonia Games held in Lucknow.

The statue in his honor is kind of freakish, with Dinnie having a dark brown body, a white mustache and lips, and a copper-colored kilt. In his right hand he has a throwing stone that he is getting ready to toss, and a rock-and-chain "hammer" lies at his feet.

[signmanjoe, 06/25/2014]

The statue was unveiled in 2010. Local artist William Dickie made it out of different colored metals so that it would never need to be painted.

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