Victoria Highland Games to host Canadian and World Championships
The Victoria Highland Games Association is happy to announce two very exciting years of Heavy Events competitions happening over the next two years at the Victoria Highland Games.
First up in 2017 for the 154th Victoria Highland Games we will be bringing in the top ten throwers from across Canada for the CSAF Canadian Men’s Championships. We last hosted the Canadian Championships in 2012 and it was a very exciting day of throwing and I am sure it will be another exciting competition for all.
In 2018 for our 155th anniversary we are very pleased and honoured to be hosting David Webster’s Scottish Heavy Events World Championships, this will bring the very best of the best from across the globe to Victoria. We hosted these championships in 2010 and were amazed at the level of the competition and look forward to another amazing competition filled with big throws.
Stay tuned for more information as we progress with the organization of these great championship and buckle in for a very exciting couple of years at the Victoria Highland Games.
Heavy Events at the Games
The Victoria Highland Games competition is considered one of the premiere Heavy Events competitions in the world (having held the 2010 IHGF World Championships and the 2012 CSAF Canadian Championships).
Sponsored by Lighthouse Brewing Company, the International Heavy Events Challenge runs both Saturday and Sunday with the Amateur divisions competing in the mornings (8am-noon) and the Professional divisions taking the field in the afternoons (noon-close).
The Victoria Strength Challenge (Strongman) will be contested on Monday.
Each year we are pleased to have top ranked men and women professional and amateur athletes from all across Canada and the USA, including multiple world champions in different divisions. We are seeing increased athlete interest every year, as we are becoming a destination games on the North American circuit.
The Heavy Events and Strongman happens on Topaz Field. Please see the full schedule on Topaz Field.
About Scottish Heavy Events
The Heavy Events have been contested at Highland Games for centuries, starting with games set up by King Malcolm III of Scotland to select the strongest men in Scotland to serve as his personal bodyguards.
Implements used are those that were in use at that period of history, blacksmith’s weight’s, hammers used for driving fence posts, stones from the local rivers and trees cut down by woodsmen.
There are nine traditional events that you will see contested from the below six categories and all are a true test of not only strength but also skill and athleticism.
Strongman refers to the modern day strength competitions made popular on tv in the 1970s as the World Strongest Man. Events in Strongman are designed to test a competitor’s strength in a variety of different ways, testing not only their power and strength but also their muscular endurance and coordination. Events vary from year to year but some favorites include the Farmers Walk, Atlas Stones, Log Press and Husafell Stone carry.
For a detailed schedule on all events related to the Heavy Events, please look at the Schedule Table for Topaz Field.