The LiveLighter Aged Care Games were held on 25th March at the Northam Recreation & Aquatic Centre. Teams of Seniors in Care from the Avon region, dressed in their team colours or theme along with Carers and Volunteers came together for an exciting games event. The games played were seated hockey, seated passball, bean bag toss & skittles, there was much enthusiasm and lots of laughter throughout the day. The Seniors in Care practice these games throughout the year and on games day they all enjoy the atmosphere of competition once again.
Cr Chris Antonio, Northam Shire President, attended and opened the games, congratulating SRCWA on being the first event that had to be re-scheduled after the Northam floods to be held. He encouraged all the teams to have a great time and may the best team win. Caitlin Morris, a student from Northam Senior High School, sang the National Anthem unaccompanied, she sang beautifully.
Phil Paddon, SRCWA State President Announced the Champion of Champions winner for the round of games held during 2019/2020 round of events. The winning team was Cunderdin Health Centre “WAGS” with the highest score of 353 points. Unfortunately this team was unable to attend the games so the trophy was presented to Cr. Chris Antonio on their behalf. Congratulations to Cunderdin Health Centre on winning this trophy.
Phil Paddon was MC for the day and explained the rules of the games to the volunteers and ensured the games ran smoothly. Volunteers from SRCWA Avon Branch, SRCWA Perth & a group of volunteers from fresh start assisted with the games. SRCWA was very grateful to the staff at the Northam Recreation Centre for all their assistance in setting up the event. The volunteers welcomed all the players and assisted teams as they arrived, scored and packed down the event at the end of the day.
Entertainment was provided by Jim & Jenny’s Country who entertained everyone before the games and during the lunch break and had the participants singing along with their beautiful rendition of the many songs they sang. Speed Skater Alan Eades again amazed all those at the Games with a demonstration of his sport In-Line Skating.
Lunch was provided by Avon Branch and Earth Solutions and it was a lovely healthy lunch of soup, sandwiches, fruit and muffins.
The Perpetual trophy & Gold medal winners with 339 points went to Goomalling Twilight Club, the Silver medal winners with 323 points Dowerin Home Care, Gentle Gym and the Bronze medal winners with 299 points were York All Stars. All remaining participants were presented with a participation medal for taking part in the games, some participants hang these medals in their rooms or homes as they are so proud of being presented with a medal.
The winner of the Best dressed team Plaque was York All Stars who were all dressed as the Mighty Ducks, with the mascot Sir Quack a Lot, it was very bright and colourful.
The oldest competitor in these games was Adelaide Kothstein 94 years young from the Northam Over 60’s Group.
Congratulations to all participants for making the day so memorable filled with so much fun.
Our thanks to all the volunteers who assisted on the day, without their support the LiveLighter Aged Care Games would not be possible.
We would also like to thank our partner LiveLighter Healthway, the Shire of Northam and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industry for all their support.