BIBLE HILL — A big smile spreads across Linda Finnie’s face when she talks about the heavy events championship being added to the Colchester Highland Games Sept. 8-9.
Adam Ogilvie, a local member of the Old Scotia Heavyweights, came up with the idea to have an official Maritime championship at the games.
“It’s amazing,” said Finnie. “When Adam first mentioned it, I was excited. I just said, ‘Go do what you have to do to make it happen.’ ”
Ogilvie went to the heavy event organizations and gathered approvals.
“It makes sense because Truro is the most central location on the circuit, and the event is toward the end of the circuit, when most competitors are at their peak,” he said.
“Women’s competition has grown over the last five years, and we hope to have five to seven women.”
Women will compete Saturday morning, juniors and amateurs Sunday morning, and men will be on the field both afternoons.
Although heavy events have been held at the Antigonish Highland Games for several years, a Maritimes championship is something new
Novices will also have a chance to try out for competition this year, with a clinic being held in the weeks before the games.
Another new event this year is Scottish backhold wrestling. This will be the first Maritime competition for this type of wrestling, which involves specific grips. If either wrestler breaks their hold or touches the ground with any part of the body except their feet, they lose.
Dancing at this year’s gathering will include Highland, Ceilidh and (hopefully) Irish.
There will be a parade, language workshops, for both Gaelic and Lalland Scots, vendors, clan tents, re-enactors, a ceilidh, a combat display, and music, including the return of Clann An Drumma.
A tug-o-war is being organized, and teams are invited to sign up.
Children 12 and under will be admitted free this year, and there will be no charge for children’s athletic events.
This year’s gathering will be held at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds, Truro Raceway, with most activities in the centre field and grandstand. If weather doesn’t co-operate, events other than athletics will move into the Agridome.
“We’re always looking for volunteers, especially for the days of the event,” said Finnie. “There are lot of jobs for people to do. We’d also love to have more sponsors.”
Events like paint nights are being held to support the games, and notices can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ColchesterHighlandGames.