Entries open for highland games

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn residents are being encouraged to get their entries in for this year’s Hororata Highland Games.

Entries for the games, which will this year be held on November 11 at the Hororata Domain, opened on Monday. 

The Hororata Highland Games is the only event in the South Island to feature all the traditional Scottish Games, including highland dancing, pipe bands and tug of war as well as caber toss, stone put and hammer throw.

Games event manager Cindy Driscoll of the Hororata Community Trust said every year the Hororata Highland Games committee looks for ways to elevate the competitions. 

“We want to ensure we stage the best competitions we can which is why we invest in quality medals, stunning trophies hand crafted by local artist Lorraine Natusch, and we fly in top judges and offer great prize money.

“This year the event is hosting two South Island Highland Dancing championships along with six Canterbury West Coast championships.

“We have a number of Pipe Bands looking to travel from outside of Canterbury to compete and again expect to have the best heavy athletes in the world competing for the Oceania Heavyweight Championship.

“While the festival side of the event has grown the competitions are the heart of the Hororata Highland Games.”

For more information on taking part in the games go to hororatahighlandgames.org.nz.