2022 Games The Ballater Highland Games Trust was delighted to see the Games back up and running outdoors in Monaltrie Park after the 2 years missed due to the COVID pandemic.
This was the first full Games for our new Chieftain Philip Farquharson of Invercauld who has taken up the role from his great uncle Alwyn. We hope to see Philip and his family for many more years to come.
The weather for the 2022 Games if anything was a little too warm but turned out to be a fantastic day. Consequently, there was a record attendance well over 6000 of regulars and visitors from near and far.
An additional section of open space to the North of Monaltrie Park allowed more stalls to be set up this year, and feedback has led to a review of the layout to allow better access to all retailers. As numbers attending the Games increases the Trust will listen and endeavour to adapt and improve the event. Regular food and drink outlets were joined by some new providers and the ever-present funfair.
All activities went along without any incidents. Two games records were broken on the day, the 100 yards and the high leap, both broken by A. Hamilton. The Hill Race this year attracted 74 runners and given the ambient conditions it was good that they all got safely back off the circuit.
The resumption of the 2022 Games after the break reflected a lot of hard work, effort and support to produce a highly successful event with no issues in very high temperatures. Sincere thanks by the Trust to the Convenors and their helpers, our sponsors, patrons, judges, retailers, entertainment providers, comperes, photographer, first aiders, ambulance service, security and the many other support personnel. A special thanks goes to Deeside Water who were responsible for ensuring that all helpers and competitors were kept hydrated during the whole day.
Following the 2022 Games, the Trustees, Convenors and Ballater Pipe Band were invited to Balmoral Castle on Tuesday 16th August to conduct a presentation of the Balmoral Stones which was a new event added in 2022 to commemorate Her Majesty’s 70th Jubilee and will be competed for each year going forward. We were all very privileged to see Her Majesty on what was unfortunately one of her last engagements.
The Trustees hope that all attendees enjoyed themselves at the Games and look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2023.