Scottish Backhold Wrestling

2018 saw a new competition in our Games. 



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


Wrestlers interested in competing can apply below.

All instruction will be given on the field for any amateurs interested in competing.

Highlights of the 2018 backhold wrestling competition

Photo's courtesy of Mr Curly Photography.

Jonathan Roode of Canada Games Centre 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.

This is what Jonathan has to say about the sport - 


"Although traditional styles of wrestling once so pupular all over Europe have been eclipsed by the modern styles, times are changing and more and more young people are searching for their roots.

Scottish Backhold is a style of 'folk wrestling' originating in Scotland, it continues in the modern highland games allowing men to show off their physical strength, stamina and agility to their local communities.  Highland games in Scotland attract competitors from all over the world to represent their countries annually in their hopes to win a prestigious title.

I am very proud to announce that this year we are going to experience the first bouts of official Backhold wrestling in Nova Scotia. 

The Colchester Highland Games & Gathering will host this event and I look forward to watching it grow as more and more competitors become interested in participating.

So, on that note, I declare the first bout as OPEN!"



A Guide to Backhold Wrestling - Sorry, No subtitles!

Fully Sanctioned Wrestling Competition

Competitors - Apply Here

Anyone is welcome to come along and try their hand at this sport which is suitable for all ages.  

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


For competitors 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 2019

We'll see you at the games.

Application for Individuals

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

Competition Entry fee - FREE 

New Wrestlers will 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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