ON A ROLL: Resident Peter Arbon lets fly in the floor bobs competition as diversional therapist Darryl Wilson looks on. Picture: David Stewart
SCHOOL children weren’t the only ones to enjoy mini-Olympics over the past fortnight.
Residents at Bayside Aged Care, at Bonnells Bay, also got into the spirit of the Games.
Bowls, a beanbag toss, and floor bobs were among the events that were hotly contested by residents at the facility last week.
‘‘Anything to do with sport, they’re right into,’’ facility manager (and official mini-Olympics adjudicator and scorekeeper) Charlotte Wenham said of the residents.
‘‘This is all about celebrating what you can do, rather than focusing on what you can’t.’’
The event provided residents with an important sense of achievement, she said.
And while age has slowed some residents, the competitive juices still flow.
‘‘A lot of our residents have participated in sports, and it was quite surprising to see their competitive streak,’’ Ms Wenham said.
Residents laughed when staff warned that any competitors who produced exceptional results would be subject to testing for performance-enhancing drugs.