Competition will be fierce and fun when seniors from around the region arrive at the Charleville Racecourse complex next month for the annual Outback Seniors Games, being held on 4 September.
South West Hospital and Health Service Home and Community Care Coordinator and Outback Games Committee member Judy Frousheger said the only requirement to participate was to be 50+, or younger if you had a disability.
“We have participants from the nursing home, respite centre, senior citizens club and people travel from Augathella, Morven, Mitchell, Quilpie, Tambo and Cunnamulla to participate,’’ she said
“No one is disadvantaged, as people with disabilities are well catered for and included.
“Another important aspect of the event is the involvement of local school students, who are assigned the very important roles of cheering for competitors, keeping everybody well hydrated and sun safe and delivering lunches.
“It is wonderful to see the generations socialising together and we don’t know who enjoys the day the most, the seniors or the students.’’
Ms Frousheger said the health benefits of the games were numerous and varied and included the wonderful training and teamwork that occurred in the lead-up to the main day.
“It all helps promote incentive and activity, which is very good for the physical and emotional well-being of the seniors in the South West area,” she said.
Prizes on the day are awarded for the best sun safe team, best presented team, oldest participant, highest scoring participant using a mobility aid and many more.
Entertainment is provided by local artists who keep the competitive spirit fired up until the very end.
Ms Frousheger said nominations for participants have closed for this year but spectators were welcome at the games to cheer and encourage competitors as they participated in games such as ten pin bowling, beanbag targets, quoits, darts and a mystery game.
There is no entry fee for spectators and plenty of local home cooked food is available for purchase.
The event started 20 years ago when a committee was formed to hold the first ever games. These proved so successful they became an annual event.
A government grant was provided to fund the first year but, since then, the volunteer organising committee raises funds each year to cover costs.