2007 Tulloch Inverness Highland Games and World Highland Games Heavy Championships Review

2007 saw the Tulloch Inverness Highland Games staging the most prestigious Highland Games competition in the history of our Games.

In a break with tradition, local businessman David Sutherland was given the honour of being Chieftain for the weekend by Provost Bob Wynd in recognition of his outstanding encouragement and support for the Inverness Games over many years.

The World Highland Games Heavy Championships had not been staged in Scotland for 12 years and the Chieftain was clearly moved as he spoke about how much it meant for an Inverness lad to one day find himself standing in Bught Park Arena as Chieftain of the Games.

The World Championships were split over two days and after a weekend of superb action contested by the most talented field of heavies ever assembled in the Scottish Highlands, Gregor Edmunds of Scotland emerged victorious to thunderous applause.

Despite two days of torrential rain, over 10,000 spectators attended the Games and for many of them, there can be no doubt that the highlight of the weekend was seeing Bruce Robb of Scotland establishing a new Games record of 17 feet in the 56 pound weight over the bar event.

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The 2007 Games saw a considerable expansion in the Heavy events staged at Inverness with Games Secretary Gerry Reynolds adding the first ever Women’s and Masters Competitions to the programme on the Saturday and staging two great Junior Men’s events at Under 25 and Under 20 on the Sunday.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a performance by performing artists Strange Fruit of Australia who mesmerised the crowd with their show which took place on top of 15 foot high swaying poles.

The Games were one of the showcase events of the entire 2007 Year of Highland Culture celebrations and Bught Park Arena was filled with the sound of traditional and contemporary music throughout the weekend. Special mention must go to Head Groundsman Mike Mcleod and his team who staged two of the most memorable days in the history of the Inverness Highland Games on two of the wettest days of the wettest summer Scotland has ever seen.

Roll on next year! - Gerry Reynolds