Geelong Highland Gathering
Dates: 2 Mar 2014
Address: Deakin University, 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216
Phone: 03 5221 7224 | Mobile: 0438 217 227
Competitors from across Australia and New Zealand will take part in the inaugural Western Martial Arts Academies of Australia National Longsword Tournament at the Geelong Highland Gathering, at Deakin University's Waurn Pons Campus, on Sunday, March 2.
This will be the premier event of its kind in Australia.
The Geelong Highland Gathering will also host the South West Victorian Highland Pipe Band Championships and the South Pacific Heavy Games Championships.
All the traditional Gathering events, Highland dancing competitions, Scottish Country dancing displays, a Scottish Fair and Market, Clan and genealogy tents, a Scottish breeds dog show and expanding children's events including "Wee Heavy Games" make for a great family day.
The Longsword Tournament is another addition to the expansion of the Geelong Gathering as it settles in to its new permanent home at Deakin University.
More than 30 longswordsmen from martial arts schools throughout Australia and New Zealand will converge on Geelong for the event, including Gathering regulars from the Victorian Glen Lachlann. Estate College of Arms and the Melbourne Swordplay Guild
Displays of Highland broadsword and Scottish smallsword will be held as will other styles of Longsword, German, Italian and English.
Tournaments inspired by historical European martial arts are developing an international following and the WMAAA is aiming to make multi-school events such as the Longsword Tournament accessible to all schools which each use of the weapon.
The Geelong Highland Gathering was first held in 1857, went into abeyance during the Depression, was reformed in 1957.
Last year the Gathering resume its relationship with the local Aboriginal people, the Wathaurong, who were part of the original gatherings in the 1800s and a smoking ceremony, will be held this year.
Entry costs are: Family $40, adult $15; concession $12; under-16 $8 and under-5 free.
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Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus can be found at Melways Map Ref. 229 A4.
- Car park
- Child activities
- Coach parking
- Access without assistance for the disabled
- Parking for the disabled
- Toilet facilities for the disabled
- First aid equipment
- Public telephone
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9am to 5pm
Heavy Games start about 11am
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