Scottish Backhold Wrestling

New for 2018 - Fully Sanctioned Wrestling Competition

2018 will see a new competition in our Games. 


This has been a sport in Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings for centuries and was part of the competition, along with the heavyweights competitions, set by the Lairds (Lords)  to find the strongest and best men to defend and work his land.


Interested wrestlers can apply below.

A Guide to Backhold Wrestling - Sorry, No subtitles!

Jonathan Roode of Sprawlers Amateur Wrestling Club in Halifax has taken on the task of organising this event for us. 

The Wrestling Association NS has also assisted in making it easier for this discipline in wrestling to be available to competitors at our 

Highland Games & Gathering.


Competitors - Apply Here

  Please come along and try your hand at this sport which is suitable for all ages.  

Wrestling in Kilts is encouraged but not mandatory.  We will have a small selection on hand for spirited competitors who want to try it out!


For teams registered with Wrestling NS please send Athlete's

Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Weight and Contact details

to Jonathan Roode HERE

All other individuals please complete the form below.

Please also read the rules of conduct at the end of this page.


Registration is required prior to September 5th 2018.

We'll see you at the games.

Application for Individuals

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.

Competition Entry fee - $20.  Cheques can be made payable to 'Colchester Highland Games'

New Wrestlers also require insurance - $10.  Cheques made payable to 'Wrestling Nova Scotia'


Wrestling Canada Code of Conduct can be found by clicking on the link above. 

Scottish Backhold Modified Atlantic Canadian Rules can be found on the right. 

Scottish Backhold: Modified Atlantic Canadian Rules
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