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 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 Victoria Strength Challenge (Strongman) will be contested on Monday, and is a sanctioned event with CAASA (National Canadian Strongman Association)
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.