Strongly supported by local efforts and an international network, interest in the Highland Games continues to grow in France.
Jean-Louis Coppet (left), president of the French Highland Games Federation, and David Webster (right), president of the International Highland Games Federation, are building on their successes. IronMind® | Francis Brebner photo.
Jean-Louis Coppet, president of the French Highland Games Federation, has been working closely with the International Highland Games Federation (IHGF), and one development is a Highland Games Heavy Events training session to be held in Bressuire, France later this month. “Some of Europe's top heavy athletes will be sharing their expertise in coaching theses up and coming athletes over the winter months in preparation for next years games,” Francis Brebner told IronMind®, and such big-name Highland Games competitors as Scott Rider and Wout Zijlstra have been mentioned as possibly helping to put on this training session.
“The Bressuire Games, which is one of the best games in Europe and on the international circuit, was the host of this year's IHGF European Highland Games Championships, which attracted more than 10,000 spectators, is growing each year in size,” Brebner told IronMind®.
“The IHGF are very happy with the way French Federation is growing and encouraging new blood into the sport. The IHGF would also like to thank Bouvet-Ladubay for all their support in these Games, which also has helped make these Games one of the best,” said Brebner.