Cameron Collins wins the Western US Open Championship 18+ for Highland Dancing. The competition took place over Labour Day Weekend, September, 2004.
Cameron is one of the youngest ever to win the title, having just turned 18 years old in July. He also won the Western Canadian Championship in Kelowna in April, and the BC Closed Championship in May.
“I am very proud of that boy, he's done a tremendous job.” says his teacher of 14 years, Angus MacKenzie. Angus himself is a former world Highland Dance Champion.
In 2003, Cameron Collins also came in 3rd runner-up at the World Junior Championship in Scotland. This year, he entered adult for the first time in Scotland and qualified as one of the top 15 dancers.
Cameron and his brother Vincent performed at Gung Haggis Fat Choy in January 2004. “The boys were thrilled, and the audience was very receptive. It was very special for us.”
“Now the boys are working on stuff for Gung Haggis Fat Choy,” says MacKenzie, “We have something planned that will knock your socks off. I told the boys to keep it short, and have the audience wanting more.”