Scottish Heavy Athletics
The Highland Games are one of the most impressive displays of competition, and Scotfest 2018 was no exception. Playing host to the IHGF Womens World Championship and the final All-American A-Class qualifier of the year in addition to over 10 other Class groups brought in some of the best athletes around from youth to over 70 years old, capturing the audience attention with an excellent display of athletics prowess.
Highland games are held throughout the year all around the world as a way of celebrating Scottish culture and heritage. In their original form many centuries ago, the Highland games revolved around athletic and sports competitions. Through these competitions the king would select the finest athletes to be his personal guard and entourage. The games were also a way for the clans to demonstrate their relative strength to each other without actually having to go to war.
Some of the implements used in the games were created as alternatives to traditional weapons when England forbid any Scotsman from bearing arms. Though other activities were always a part of the festivities, many today still consider Highland athletics to be what the games are all about. Regardless, it remains true today that the athletic competitions are an integral part of the events and one—the caber toss—has come to almost symbolize the Highland games.
We at Scotfest | Oklahoma work hard to provide you, the festival patrons, a great opportunity to not only experience the Highland games as a spectator, but we also encourage you to take part, to pick up the sport, to sign up in one of our Novice Classes and to potentially become the next World Champion Highland Games athlete.
OFFICIAL SCOTFEST 2019 HOST HOTEL
The Scotfest family; artists, athletes, vendors, fans and more will gather at the official festival hotel Wyndham Tulsa for three days of happenings, partying and a good night of sleep. During Scotfest there will be Scotfest pre- and after- parties in the bar, breakfasts, and regular shuttles to and from Scotfest for our guests.
2018 Women's World Champion - Olivia Tyler
T exas native, Olivia Tyler has been throwing for about 6 years, with about 3 of those years off to grow, birth, and recover from her 5 year old and 1 year old babies. She threw the discus, hammer, and indoor weight at Texas Tech University, which she found to be a huge help with highland games. Olivia was introduced to the highland games through her husband, Spencer, as she missed throwing since leaving college. Now, Spencer and Olivia get to train, travel, and throw together, which makes the games even more fun for them both! They love the trips, people, throwing, and friendships from the games!
- 2018 Women's World Champion
- World Record holder in Sheaf
- 2018 North American Co-Champion
- 2016 North American Champion
Athlete Classes Explained
Scotfest A-Class is one who, in the past two (2) years, has personal records exceeding four (4) or more of the following marks:
a. Caber-turned 100 lb. x 17 ft.
b. 17 lb. stone throw - 40 ft.
c. 28 lb. weight for distance - 50 ft.
d. 56 lb. weight for distance - 25 ft.
e. 16 lb. Scottish hammer - 90 ft.
f. 22 lb. Scottish hammer - 75 ft.
g. 56 lb. weight for height - 12 ft.
Scotfest B-Class is one who, in the past two (2) years, has personal records exceeding four (4) or more of the following marks:
a. Caber-turned 80 lb. x 16 ft.
b. 17 lb. stone throw - 30 ft.
c. 28 lb. weight for distance - 40 ft.
d. 56 lb. weight for distance - 18 ft.
e. 16 lb. Scottish hammer - 75 ft.
f. 22 lb. Scottish hammer - 60 ft.
g. 56 lb. weight for height - 11 ft.
Scotfest C-Class is one who, in the past two (2) years, has personal records exceeding four (4) or more of the following marks:
a. Caber-turned XX lb. x XX ft.
b. 17 lb. stone throw - XX ft.
c. 28 lb. weight for distance - XX ft.
d. 56 lb. weight for distance - XX ft.
e. 16 lb. Scottish hammer - XX ft.
f. 22 lb. Scottish hammer - XX ft.
g. 56 lb. weight for height - XX ft.
Scotfest Novice-Class is an amateur whose personal records do not exceed at least four (4) of the above marks.
Scotfest Lightweight-Class is an amateur class in which all throwers’ weight is 200 lb. or less.
Scotfest Masters-Class is an amateur who is over forty (40) years old by the date of Scotfest.
Scotfest Masters-Class 2 is an amateur who is over fifty (50) years old by the date of Scotfest.
Scotfest Masters-Class 3 is an amateur who is over sixty (60) years old by the date of Scotfest.