Haztech Western Canadian Scottish Heavy Athletics

Haztech Safety The Saskatchewan Highland Gathering and Celtic Festival is proud to host the Western Canadian Scottish Athletics Championship at this year’s Regina Highland Festival. The heavy events are well known staples to the highland games around the world. Precursor to modern strongman competitions and two Olympic track and field events (shot put and hammer); these feats of strength and athletic ability are rich in tradition and truly are the ‘original extreme games’!

The SHGCF remembers former athlete Sean Morrison, age 22, who died suddenly on March 6, 2017.

Sean enjoyed the HIghland Games Heavy Events both in Regina and in Nova Scotia, and his enthusiasm and energy for the sport will be missed by all competitors.

Athletes competing at the 2016 Haztech Western Canadian Championship in order of rank:

  1. Jason Johnston, SK
  2. Joel Thiessen, AB
  3. Curtis Durocher, AB
  4. Rob Gray, AB
  5. Sean Langford, AB
  6. Lance Barusch, BC
  7. Chris Pickering, SK
  8. Jesse Cann, SK
  9. Jason MacDonald, MB

Events Contested at the Western Canadian Scottish Athletics Championship

Open Stone

Precursor the to the modern Olympic shot put, the Open Stone is a well-recognized event. Within the rectangular throwing area, the athletes build up momentum for a powerful release. Quick feet and functional strength are the keys to a good throw in the Open Stone, and those who try to over muscle it usually wind up disappointed. Track and Field athletes have an advantage here, but a good all round Highland gamer can keep pace with the best of them.

Games Record- 53’ 10.5” 55’ 2.5”

Braemar Stone

Without question, this event is the most ancient of Highland games heavy events. A true test of brute strength, the Braemar Stone is a heavy field stone weighing up to 28 pounds and thrown with one hand from a standing position. A good throw in this event will put an athlete in a good position for the rest of the competition.

Games Record- 43’ 6.5”

Hammer throw

The Scot’s hammer is a 16 or 22 pound ball at the end of a rigid 50” handle. Unlike the Olympic hammer, athletes must throw the traditional hammer with feet firmly planted, relying on strength and power rather than momentum and speed to hurl the implement as far as they can. These two events are the longest of them all.

Games Records- light hammer: 139’ 4.5” Heavy Hammer: 111’ 8.5” 113’ 5”

Caber Toss

Gaelic for “tree,” the caber toss event is just that—flipping a tree end for end and it is the most recognizable event of the Highland games. The name of the game is accuracy and the athlete who can flip the caber the straightest (closest to 12:00on a clock face) will win the title.

Weight Over Bar

A staple to strongman competitions, the weight over bar is a true test of strength. Putting this event in perspective, picking up a 5 gallon pail full of water and throwing that one handed into a second story bedroom window would be very close…all you would need is another gallon to make it a full 56 pounds!

Games Record- 17’ 1”

Sheaf Toss

In the sheaf you will see these athletes throw is a burlap bag filled with twine resembling a sheaf of wheat, and the goal is to throw it as high as possible over a bar. The Canadian record holder will be on hand at the Western Canadian Championships hoping to eclipse his record toss of over 34 feet high.

Games Record- Heavy Sheaf: 34’ 3” Light Sheaf: 40’

Light Weight for Distance

The light weight for distance is truly remarkable to watch. This weighted ball at the end of an 18” chain is thrown for maximum distance with one hand similar to the Olympic discus event. The only difference is the light weight outweighs the disc by over 23 pounds!

Games Record- 82’ 2.5”

Heavy Weight for Distance

Take that same pail of water in the weight for height and spin 920° to gain momentum for a throw for maximum distance, and you have the heavy weight for distance. A four stone or 56 pound weight at the end of an 18” chain is thrown by these athletes. Requiring more skill and strength than any other event, look for the winner of the heavy weight for distance to win the Western Canadian title.

Games Record- 45’ 10”

Regina Highland Games Records

Event Held by Distance Date
Braemar Stone Jason Johnston 43’ 6.5” May 18, 2014
16lb Open Stone Jason Johnston 53’ 10.5” May 16, 2015
16lb Hammer Jason Johnston 139’ 4.5” May 16, 2015
28lb Weight for Distance Jason Johnston 82’ 2.5” May 18, 2014
56lb Weight for Distance Jason Johnston 45’ 10” May 18, 2014
56lb Weight Over Bar Jason Johnston 17’ 1” May 16, 2014
20lb Sheaf Jason Johnston 34’ 3” May 18, 2014
16lb Sheaf Jason Johnston 40’ *World Record May 18, 2014

Provincial Records

Event Held by Distance
Location
Date
Open Stone Jason Johnston 53’ 10.5”
Regina, SK
May 16, 2015
Braemar Stone Jason Johnston 43’ 6.5”
Regina, SK
May 18, 2014
16lb Hammer Jason Johnston 140’
Red Deer, AB
June 2014
22lb Hammer Jason Johnston 111’ 8.5”
Regina, SK
May 16, 2015
28lb Weight for Distance Jason Johnston 85’
Calgary, AB
August 30, 2014
56lb Weight for Distance Jason Johnston 46’ 9” *Canadian Record
Calgary, AB
September 1, 2012
56lb Weight Over Bar Jason Johnston 17’ 7” *Canadian Record
Calgary, AB
August 30, 2012
20lb Sheaf Jason Johnston 34’ 3”
Regina, SK
May 18, 2014
16lb Sheaf Jason Johnston 40’ *World Record
Regina, SK
May 18, 2014


For heavy events information, contact:
Jason Johnston
(306) 522-0588
jason_cj@outlook.com