Year of the competitions

by Kent Caddick

Organisers of the Hororata Highland Games are helping to prepare experienced and new competitors for this year’s event.

Entries for the eighth annual Hororata Highland Games, which will be held on November 10, opened this week and on Saturday a Highland Games Heavy Events training day will be held at the Hororata Domain from 10am to 3pm.

Event Manager, Cindy Driscoll, said the training is open to anyone over the age of 18, while there will also be a session for Junior and Teen Warrior competitors, between the ages of eight and 17, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

“This gives experienced competitors, as well as those wanting to see if they are ready to step up to the competitive arena, the chance to train with New Zealand’s most awarded heavy event athlete, Pat Hellier.”

She said the games had become a bucket list event for many competitors from New Zealand and around the world.

New for 2018 will be a Drum Major Mace Flourishing competitive demonstration with two of New Zealand’s top competitors travelling from the North Island for the event.

Pre-registration for the training day is required, and details and entry forms into the games can be found on the website