About Texas Women's Highland Games
To increase awareness and involvement of women in the sport of the Highland Games. Promoting a fun, active, family friendly and competitive sport by providing information and resources to all those interested in joining us in our continuing adventures!
Please see our FAQ page for all those burning questions you have about how you participate, what to do, who to talk to and where to go!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Texas Scottish Festival, in Arlington, Texas, boasts three days of throwing, live music, shopping and history for attendants. Two separate fields at opposite ends of the festival allow crowds to see the the whole festival while visiting throwing events on each end. The main field sits just next to the main music stage, offering up a variety of Celtic music throughout the day and well into the evening.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Texas Scottish Festival
Friday, May 27, 2011
We've competed with Felecia and she is amazing. I'm going to get her to write a guest post for sure (You've just been served F!).
I can feel a clinic coming on this winter!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
A very exciting trip to be sure and there is going to be a number of North American women competing with the locals.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
There is a monstrous amount to catch up on so I’ll try to keep it brief!
April 30/May 1
Scarborough Faire went off without a hitch and all involved had a great time. The ladies places were:
1 – Brittney Boswell
2 – Miranda Vahle
3 – Sarah Densmore
4 – Kim Dotson
May 7/8 – Th’ Gatherin’ - Wakeeney, KS
There was a huge class of women at this games – 13 in total. There were 3 teams of 4 and one single. It was a great day of competition and both myself and Brittney (the traveling Texans) were on the winning team, “Magically Malicious” . Hot, dry and windy, the people were amazing and the after party was first class.
May 14/15 – Wichita, KS
2nd Annual Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Brittney also made it out to these games and placed a very excellent second with a number of personal bests!
In our thoughts:
Joplin, MO held their highland games last weekend and sadly a tornado ripped through the lovely little town. None of the highland games people that we know of where injured. However there were 116 lives lost that weekend and I’m sure all would appreciate it if you can keep them in your thoughts.
Texas Scottish Festival, Arlington, TX
Kansas City Games
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Hosted by the North Texas Heavy’s - they are very excited about this event, and hope you can make it! Your entry and waiver must be postmarked by August 15th, 2011; for a copy of the rules and an entry form drop an email to Duncan at (Duncan.email@example.com).
as well as some team-oriented challenge events for bragging rights.
NASGA/RMSA rules apply; these are Amateur events and a standard waiver will be required before competing.
The athletes will be put into teams and compete as a team and as individuals.
There are amazing prizes up for offer (sheaf’s, forks and more goodies!), as well as free food from My Fit Foods, all complimented by the great Texas crowd and hospitality. October is also warm (for your northerners!)
There is a Host hotel, The Marriott Courtyard West. It’s down the street from the games venue that is offering rooms for a reduced rate of $85/night. They will also have a free shuttle to the grounds.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
April 30 and May 1st the Scarborough Faire Festival is hosting its Highland Fling weekend.
An event not to be missed, there will be all the regular events at a Renaissance festival (food, craft, costumes, & entertainment) plus the Highland Games and Caber Championship that Saturday and Sunday.
Its going to be packed full of amazing competitors!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
2011 - 8th place at the Arizona Scottish Highland Games World Women's Championship
2010 - 10th North American Overall
2009 - 26th North America Overall
Jamie was kind enough to spend a little bit of time to share her experiences with us in relation to beginning her participating in the Highland Games.
"In 2009, I attended my first Scottish Highland Games in Warrensburg, MO. I had no idea what they were or how they worked. After sitting around watching these men and women throw around heavy things all day, I thought to myself, "I can do this!" And so began my Highland Games career.
I started practicing and a month later competed in my first competition. Luckily, I seemed to have some luck with a few of the events, so I was really encouraged.
Since then, I have been addicted and haven't looked back! Last year I competed in about 12 different games around the four states. I have been an athlete my entire life, but I can honestly say, I have never competed with a better group of people than throwers.
There is a certain camaraderie and friendship that you have with your fellow throwers that isn't commonly found among athletes. The people you beat are the first ones to congratulate you and the people beating you are the first to offer advice.
When it comes to being a female thrower, it is not all about being a huge freak of nature, it really is about technique. You wouldn't be able to tell some of the best ladies in the world are throwers just by looking at them.
It is an amazing sport and I implore anyone who wants to throw, to just get out there and try. That is where to start. Trust me, you WILL fall and you WILL get thrown around at first, but just stick with it. Give the sport a chance!
Thank you Jamie!!!
Monday, April 11, 2011
There were 6 women competing, crowd & supporters were loud and cheering all day, and the weather was beautiful.
This was the second invitation that women throwers have had to these games, and I’m proud that the competition was so excellent and that women had a very exciting showing for the crowd.
The overall winner on the day was a Southern Carolina athlete, Kelly Niklason. Our own native Texan Brittney Boswell was second. The field was rounded out by 3 more Texan residents: Tammy Kentner, Sarah Densmore, and newcomer to the games Lisa Moretta. This was the very first games that Lisa competed in and she did great! The final competitor was Tomasina Miller from Louisiana. Tomasina blew us all away in the sheaf toss, she is a natural! (photo of Tomasina in action)
There were a lot of personal records for the women set that day and I believe some field records were made as well. The scores are yet to come out on the NSAGA website. When they do I will be sure to update the final places.
The festival itself was fantastic; lots of music, dogs, Celtic wares, sporting and traditional displays, and Clans were there to browse. The men’s and masters completed both Saturday and Sunday. There were a number of World Records that were broken by the masters.
This event is one that is very similar to the Olympic style Hammer throwing. The hammer has a lead or steel head with a bamboo or rattan handle affixed through a hole in the head. The shape of the hammer varies from round (like a mini cannonball) to square or bullet shaped. All are legal provided the length does not exceed 50"
There are 2 hammer events. The heavy and light hammers. Women’s heavy hammer is 16lbs. The light hammer is 12lbs. The only difference between the two events is the weight. The style and technique are the same; of course, your light hammer should go a little farther!
Photo credit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6897365.stm
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States.
Canada has been celebrating Tartan Day since 1993 and the U.S. Senate officially passed it into law in 1998.
There are three groups of people that came from Scotland to America -- the Lowland Scotts, the Highland Scotts, and the Scotch-Irish. Each of these groups has influenced American culture. They've passed on Scottish last names, introduced the sport of golf, shared the sounds of the bagpipes, and made tartan a fashion staple!
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other.
The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control.
The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland.
To celebrate National Tartan Day, wear your favorite tartan and celebrate Scottish-American culture!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
- Use the drop down in the "Results" section.
- Select the games you are looking for.
- Hit select button and viola!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
This is not completely comprehensive, and it comes directly from the NASGA database website, the most useful resource for Highland Athletes!! Check there for any updates to games in Texas and/or for a full listing of the 2011 Highland Games throughout North America (and a few overseas!).
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Iron Thistle event is taking place this weekend in Yukon, OK. I know a couple of the TX ladies are headed up that way to participate! Good Luck to all and enjoy the fun and festivities!
For more information, click HERE
Monday, March 21, 2011
The next 2011 summer games that is coming up in Texas is in the lovely San Antonio in 2 weeks.
Link here http://www.sahga.org/
This 12th annual festival will be the host to a myriad of activities including traditional Scottish heavy athletics, Celtic dance and music performances, a solo bagpiping competition, geneology information in the Clan Village, children's activities in the Kid's Glen, Living History activities and seminars, parade of Scottish dogs, and sheep herding trials.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
First things first; What is Highland Games? The simplest explanation I have tripped across to date is that they are field events with considerably more weight. My experience has been they are a joy. The events are feats of strength and skill that require you to never take yourself too seriously. The community of throwers are a welcoming, warm, and ever ready to help you become your best.
The iconic events most commonly seen are Caber, Sheaf, Braemar Stone, Open Stone, Light and Heavy Weights for Distance, Light and Heavy Hammers and Weight Over Bar. These align loosely with shot put, discus and Olympic hammer style throwing. Caber and Sheaf are truly unique events. While the origins of these events are heavily debated, they are always a crowd pleaser, garnering rowdy appreciation from fans.
Now, folks, what questions do you have for us? What topics do you want to have us explore for you? What resources do you need to join in the fun?
Wiki Defines Highland Games