Moree elders warm up for Elders Olympics

An elder tests his basketball skills at the hoop shooting game, one of the many miniature games on offer last year.
An elder tests his basketball skills at the hoop shooting game, one of the many miniature games on offer last year.

Elders from around the region are warming up for a series of challenging and high-stakes sports games as they prepare to take on the Elders Olympics.

“The team from Mungindi already did a training session last week,” Elders Olympics co-organiser Stephanie Duke said.

“The Mungindi team has said that if they win the games this year, they will let the runners up host the game next year.” 

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Moree will field the Pius Elders and Mehi Murrays teams to go up against elders from places like Boggabilla, Walgett and Wee Waa.

Competitors will take part in a range of events that challenge both their bodies and minds.

“There will be football tossing, hoop shooting and a dinosaur and egg spoon race.

“Someone asked me if we called it the dinosaur and spoon race because the elders are old,” Ms Duke laughed. 

“That didn’t come to my mind at all. It’s just easier to carry a bigger ball on bigger spoons.”

Naughts and Crosses will be a game of strategy, as elders will have to calculate where they want to place the bean bags.

The games at Mungindi follow on from the successful inaugural round last year. Ms Duke explained the day was brought about with the elders’ welfare in mind.

“The whole idea was to bring together elders in the Pius X service area, but then we extended the invitation to isolated communities surrounding Moree.

“Living in places like Mungindi and Toomelah can be difficult when elders want to socialise. This event is a chance for them to catch up with their friends and just have fun.”