Se­niors show sport­ing tal­ent

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - STREET WATCH -

SOME of Perth’s sporti­est se­niors came to Belmont re­cently to show off their skills.

The LiveLighter Aged Care Games were held at the Belmont Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre, with par­tic­i­pants from across the metro area tak­ing part in seated hockey, pass ball, bean bag toss and skit­tles.

The games started in 2003, with thou­sands of peo­ple in care – right up to 104 years old – get­ting to­gether for team ca­ma­raderie, gen­tle com­pe­ti­tion and a fun day of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

Groups were hard at work well be­fore the big day, work­ing on uni­forms, flags and signs to win the ‘Best Pre­sented Team’ award.

“Iso­la­tion is one of the big risks for older res­i­dents in care, but this event is an ex­em­plar of the power of be­long­ing to a ‘team’ and how that keeps us en­gaged and con­nected to our broader com­mu­nity,” Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe said.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that Belmont could host this year’s suc­cess­ful event and I hope that we can host many more in the fu­ture.”

The pro­gram is run by the Se­niors Recre­ation Coun­cil of WA and is sup­ported by the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation and Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ties.

Min­is­ter for Age­ing Mick Mur­ray and Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe with Kath­leen Heath and David Hunt from the Car­ring­ton Car­rots.

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