Wii are the champions
FORGET lawn bowls, for these retirees it’s all about the Wii World Cup – a virtual tenpin bowling competition, which kicked off yesterday across retirement villages in WA.
Now in its fifth year, the highly anticipated event hosted by Amana Living has not only been a hit with participants but also improved their mobility, balance, brain function and motor skills.
Amana Living Mosman Park resident Brian Browes will be competing for the second time alongside eight teammates and said they were ready to bowl the opposition over.
“We will win it – we have to go in confident,” Mr Browes said.
Aside from contending, Mr Browes said he also looked forward to the social and physical aspect of the competition, which was open to retirement village residents from 60 years of age.
“I guess that was the whole idea of it, to get us active and using our brain and it’s better than sitting in front of the television all day,” he said.
Amana Living chief executive Ray Glickman said the Wii World Cup presented a cognitive challenge, the chance to sharpen motor skills and an enriching social experience.
“We found that even people with shoulder issues or in wheelchairs can use their wrist and, with a bit of assistance, can bowl and take part in the fun,” Mr Glickman said.
Each week teams will play and send in their scores to be tallied up.
The competition will finish on October 28, with the overall champions announced and prizes awarded in three divisions.
Brian and Moya Browes and Brian Waterer get some practice in for the Wii World Cup competition.