Wii are the cham­pi­ons

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By EMILY BAKER

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Brian and Moya Browes and Brian Wa­terer get some prac­tice in for the Wii World Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

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