Curious About The Origins Of The Scottish Highland Games?

It is widely believed that King Malcolm III of Scotland, in the 11th century, summoned contestants to a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich (overlooking Braemar). King Malcolm created this foot race in order to find the fastest runner in the land to be his royal messenger. Some have seen in this event the origin of today’s modern Highland games.

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6th Annual LWWNAC


The newest class of athletes taking the field is making huge waves in the Highland Games. This
year Clan Bacon is proud to bring the 6th Annual Lightweight Women's North American
Highland Games Championship to the 35th Annual Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland
Games. The top lightweight women from the United States will be competing in all 9 Scottish
heavy events on Saturday, to crown the 2021 Champion. This years' roster includes current
World Record holders. Look for these women to break more records all day long on Saturday!
The Championship class will be judged by the Directors of Clan Bacon, Jim and Claire Morrison.
Please welcome the following athletes:


  • Nicole Davis - Utah
    • Holds World Records in Light Weight for Distance and Sheaf (Master' Class).
    • Top ranked Utah State lightweight athlete.
    • 4th consecutive invitation to the Championship.
    • Earned 3rd place finishes at both the 2019 and 2020 Championships.


  • Brittany Hartshorn - Utah
    • Second consecutive appearance at the Championship.
    • Earned a 5th place finish at the 2020 Championship.


  • Allison Crain - Arizona
    • Second consecutive appearance at the Championship.
    • Recently competed at the Pleasanton, CA Highland Games, and took 1st place in the Lightweight Division.


  • Rachel Smith - Arizona
    • 4th invitation to the Championship.
    • Earned a 6th place finish at the 2016 inaugural Championship in Moab, UT.
    • Competed alongside her daughter Rebecca at the 2018 Championship in Long Beach, CA.
    • Holds the Arizona State pole vaulting record for her age classification.


  • Rachel Van Beuren - Idaho
    • First appearance at the Championship


  • Miranda Kopp - Idaho
    • First appearance at the Championship
    • Professional strength and conditioning coach.


  • Arkady Unterleidner - California
    • Recently competed at the Pleasanton, CA Highland Games. Earned a 2nd place finish.



  • The Championship class will follow a traditional order of events*:
    • Braemar Stone
    • Open Stone
    • Heavy Weight for Distance
    • Light Weight for Distance
    • Heavy Hammer
    • Light Hammer
    • Caber Toss
    • Sheaf Toss
    • Weight Over Bar

* Order is subject to change.


The 2021 Scottish Highland Games schedule has been announced! Check it out here.

Athletic Schedule with Women's Lightweight