Elders’ Olympic preparation ramps up

Three-pointer: Moree Elder Edna Craigie practising her hand-eye coordination before the Mungindi Elders Olympics on June 23. Photo: Sophie Harris

Three-pointer: Moree Elder Edna Craigie practising her hand-eye coordination before the Mungindi Elders Olympics on June 23. Photo: Sophie Harris

The inaugural Mungindi Elders Olympics will be held this Friday.

Teams from Moree, Toomelah, Boggabilla, Inverell, Walgett, Collarenebri and Wee Waa have spent weeks, even months preparing for the big event.

Many of the games will test Elders’ hand-eye coordination, measurement, judgement and throwing ability.

Organisers are expecting a crowd of around 200 at the Mungindi hall to support all Olympic competitors.

Moree will have two teams competing on the day, and Moree Plains Shire Council is hoping the local community can attend to support both teams.

The council will charter a free supporters bus to take fans from Moree to Mungindi.

However, due to limited seats available spots must be ordered to secure a spot on the bus.

The supporters bus will leave the visitor information centre in Moree at 6.45am sharp and will depart from Mungindi at 4pm.

To reserve a seat contact Moree Plains Shire Council on 6757 3222.

Only one team will win the Olympics, taking home a shield and the rights as next year’s host.

Mungindi Central School students will help organise, judge, count scores and run the day.

Representing the school, Belinda Brosnan said the event was a great way to promote health and movement for all ages.

“All of the Elders here in Mungindi support our school especially when we are fighting for funding or other things so this is our way of saying thanks and giving support and respect to our Elders,” she said. Good luck to all competitors.

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