Arnold Sports Festival 2022: Jamesia Sanou Highland Games

Jamesia Sanou, Highland Games at the Arnold Sports Festival 2022

How did you get involved in the Highland Games?

This is my third year competing in the Highland Games. I chose this sport because I did track and field collegiately. I was a thrower at JUCO (junior college) then I went to a D1 (Division 1) college after that.

What is your favorite event and why?

My favorite event is the light weight for distance. I like it because I have a world record.

Which one is light weight for distance because everything looked heavy to me?

We didn’t throw the light weight today. We threw the heavy weight. The heavy weight is what I tore my muscle on. The heavy weight is 28 pounds. The light weight is 14 pounds. I was the first person male or female to throw over 100 feet.

Sidebar: Unfortunately, I walked up on the throw where Jamesia got hurt. Ouch.

How do you train?

I am in the gym about four or five times a week lifting heavy. I love squat and deadlift. I throw all the implements in my spare time. Not in the cold. Not in the snow. I do drills when it is too cold to throw at the house.

Do you have all this equipment at your house?

The caber (log) I don’t have. There is a training place about an hour away from where I live. He is the AD (Athletic Director) for the Wichita, Kansas area. I go throw his logs and use his standards. To throw the sheaf and the WO B (weight over bar) you really don’t have to have standards to go over it. You could just practice throwing it up. You can get creative. I have thrown over light poles and other things in the area that are tall.

Are the things you need expensive?

Yes. It is very expensive. I don’t own anything on my own besides my fork and shot put. They were given to me. If you go on Facebook, you can find different ADs in the area. They all have all the implements in their facility or on their grounds.

Is there anything that I didn’t ask you that you think I should have asked you? If so, go ahead and answer that question.

If you are interested, google Highland games. Look it up on Facebook. There are different areas that have different practices. It is a fun outlet and stress reliever. Usually, the games are outdoors and we are always drinking.

A fun fact is one of the competitor’s today, who came in third place, was my JUCO college coach.

Are you coming back?

Maybe. This is my second time coming and this is my second time getting hurt.