Athlete Profiles

Update 3rd November – turns out COVID is not quite done with us yet! Unfortunately, our two Europen competitors tested positive the day they were meant to board their flight which means they will not make it to the Hororata this year. We still have an amazing field from Australia and New Zealand who will put on a show as they battle it out for the Championships!

After two years of COVID interruptions, we are excited to welcome a massive field of New Zealand and international athletes to the Hororata Highland Games 5th November 2022.

Athletes will compete in four different heavy event categories. All categories will be hugely competitive, this will be an epic show to witness, a clash of the titans!

The premier category, the Oceania Heavyweight Championship, will see the Kiwi lads take on the best of the best from Australia.

The New Zealanders in the Oceania Championship will also compete for the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship which Hororata is hosting on behalf of  Waipu Caledonian Society as they were unable to run their Highland Games in 2022.

There are some amazing female athletes taking the field from New Zealand and Australia.

For more on the heavy events CLICK HERE


Thanks to the support of:


Terry  Sparkes

New Zealand

Craig Manson

New Zealand

Adam    Miller

New Zealand

David Jackways

New Zealand

Callum McConachy

New Zealand

Jeremy   Hogg

New Zealand

Andrew   Wain

New Zealand

Danny    Devine

Czech Republic

Vladislav  Tulacek

Czech Republic

David Melnicuk

Hororata Highland Games Championship Women’s Open

Red Wiard from Brisbane Australia. A competitive strongwoman since 2017 with 3 national championship wins and 3 international strongwoman competitions under her belt. Red started competing in Highland Games in 2019 in Australia. This is her first competition in NZ, fresh off a trip to Scotland where she lifted ‘The Dinnie Stones’ (pictured above). Red is a Registered Nurse, specialising in Mental Health

Amy Ferris from Christchurch NZ. Returning for her third Hororata Highland Games. An international competitive strongwoman and powerlifter

Lindsey Crazy Wolf from Gore, NZ. Has competed in her native country of USA in Colorado and New Mexico over the course of a few years. She has not competed since 2015 but has maintained her abilities in that time

Lily Riley from Brisbane Australia. A competitive strongwoman and Strength Coach. Lily has an inspirational story of recovering from cancer in 2020 to become a multisport national and world record holder in 2022

Hororata Highland Games Championship Men’s

SIÔN Hughes from Waitakere NZ. Competed in Highland Games across NZ since 2019

Dave Geesaman from Canon City, Colorado. Fresh from competing in the Elizabeth High Celtic Festival – Colorado

Ian Swinnen from Christchurch NZ. Competed at Hororata for the first time in 2020 where he came 4th. More recently has had places in a number of powerlifting championships

Marcus Hamilton from Christchurch NZ. Comes from a high school athletics background this is his first Highland Games

Jesse Bown from Ashburton NZ. This will be his first Highland Games.

John McKenzie from Christchurch NZ. This will be his first Highland Games.

Hamish Poland from Christchurch NZ. This will be his first Highland Games.

Kane Paterson from Christchurch NZ. This will be his first Highland Games.

Hororata Highland Games Championship Women’s 2nd Div

Brooke Rowbotham from Okuku NZ. Competed in the 2020 Hororata Highland Games for the first time and came 1st. A powerlifting competitor she is returning to defend her title (pictured above)

Tina Miller from Rongotea NZ. Hororata 2020 was the first time she has ever competed in any sport. Tina came away with 3rd place. Tina love’s the community and friendships built within Highland games more than anything. Her husband Adam is also competing in the Oceania Championship

Summer Manson from Ashburton NZ. Competing in her second Hororata Highland Games. Her husband Craig is competing in the Oceania Championship

Juliet Geesaman from Auckland NZ. Competing in her first Highland Games alongside her husband David who is in the Men’s Championship.