Highland dancing judges panel for Cowal 2018

Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) has revealed the international panel of judges preparing to head to Dunoon to adjudicate on the world’s best Highland Dancers.

This year’s panel, which will oversee a record breaking 768 dancers perform at this year’s Gathering, welcomes judges from the UK together with their counterparts from the USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

The 12-strong team will oversee the most important events in the global Highland Dancing calendar – the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships (on the Thursday), the Scottish Championship and the qualifiers for the World Highland Dancing Championship (Friday) and the final of the World Highland Dancing Championship (Saturday).

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said: “We’re just weeks away from the most important dates in the Highland Dancing calendar and it gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s judging panel. These 12 individuals have the expertise and experience to judge the greatest Highland Dancing championship and I’m very much looking forward to welcoming them to this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering.

“The dancers currently training for this year’s Gathering are facing a huge task. They will be competing against the best dancers in the world, they will be judged by an experienced worldwide panel of judges, and they’re dancing in front of the most discerning audience in the world.

“I’d also like to thank the various dancing organisations who have helped us in the adjudication panel selection process.”

The judges for this year are:

Gemma Bailie (Scotland)
Linda Rankin (Scotland)
Doreen Wallace (Scotland)
Arlene Penny (Scotland)
Victor Wesley (Scotland)
Jennifer Strachan (Canada)
Heather Booysen (South Africa)
Ann Donlan (USA)
Anne Johnson (USA)
Natalie Quick (Canada)
Jill Young (Canada)
Judith Niven (Australia)

For biographies of the individual judges, please click here.

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 August. Cowal Highland Gathering is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Cowal Highland Gathering again this year, which celebrates an important part of Scotland’s cultural heritage. The World Highland Dancing Championship is always a real highlight of the event and we look forward to welcoming the judging panel, and competitors and spectators from all over the world, to Dunoon this August.”

For information or to book tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing info@cowalgathering.com or phoning 01369 703206.

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