Orange seniors are encouraged to dust off the sports shoes and start getting teams together because the Central West Elders Olympics is on next month.
Orange’s Central West Elder Olympics are run during NSW Seniors Week and despite the name, are more about fun, socialising and getting a little bit of exercise rather than being a competitive series of events.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the Elder Olympics were run annually and usually attracted a good number of ‘competitors’.
“As we get older it’s even more important to stay active, fit and healthy,” Cr Kidd said.
“These games are also a great opportunity to help fight isolation that can sometimes go hand in hand with age.”
Themed ‘In Our Nature’, the 2021 NSW Seniors Festival from 13-24 April, will deliver hundreds of free and discounted events, workshops and performances for seniors across the state.
Ahead of Orange’s Elder Olympics, teams of up to 10 participants can register to participate in a range of altered sports and Traditional Indigenous Games that have been modified to suit seniors and involve gentle physical activities.
All teams will compete in a range of games as well as the team relay, with the overall winner taking home the Wiradjuri Shield.
The Olympics are on 10.00am – 2.00pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at Sir Neville Howse Stadium, 2-10 Seymour Street, Orange.
All activities will be COVID-safe and all participants and staff are required to register upon entry.
For more information, or to register a team, please call Council’s Ageing and Development Officer, Ms Amanda Rodwell, on 6393 8053.