Charleville Healthy Ageing and Senior Citizens hosted a scaled-back version of the annual Charleville Seniors Games on 2 September 2022.
South West HHS Healthy Ageing Project Officer Deb Alick said although it wasn’t as big as previous years, there were still plenty of laughs and competitive spirit from the senior members of the community.
“This year’s theme was ‘The Brighter, The Better’. Participants enjoyed dressing up to promote their teams,” Deb said.
“Special guest Randall Taylor, Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Engagement officially opened the games, judged the best dressed team and officiated the darts competition.”
Deb said participants competed in a five-game rotation of ten pin bowling, darts, quoits, bean bag target, kolap, and a trivia quiz.
She said there were six teams, totalling 35 participants.
“The teams, A Bunch of Blooming Seniors, The Slashers, Waroona Warriors, Golden Glitters, Neon Rainbows, and Waroona Knights, were fierce competitors across all games and competed for Best Dressed in a lively team march past,” she said.
After a big morning of competition, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the Charleville Scouts and entertainment by a crowd favourite, Cathy Drummond.
Deb and Admin Officer Tay Winchester agree the games would not be possible without the support of Waroona, Community Health, HOPE program staff, community volunteers and the enthusiastic participation of the attendees.
They said they appreciated the Senior’s Games Planning Committee donating the prizes.
“Events like this are so beneficial for the Seniors in our community, not only the health benefits of keeping active but improved mental health and social engagement,” Deb said.