Heavy Events

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Heavy Events at the Games

Photo Credit: Heather Ancelet

The Victoria Highland Games competition is considered one of the premiere Heavy Events competitions in the world (having held the 2010 and 2018 World Championships and the 2012 and 2017 CSAF Canadian Championships). This year will be no different with the best male and female athletes in the Highland Games including World Record holders, National Champions and World Champions.

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 Heavy Events 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.


May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016