Seniors Olympics Trangie, Seniors Week 2018

Kurrajong House was full of fun and games on Thursday when they hosted the annual Trangie Seniors Olympics.

Over 80 senior citizens from Trangie, Narromine and Timbrebongie attended the event participating in a variety of sporting and recreational activities to promote good health and active ageing. 

Organiser Terrie Milgate, CEO of the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council said it was “a great day” and was supported by a number of donations which helped with the costs associated with the event. 

“Those who helped included Ewe Two, Trangie Pharmacy, Auscott, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Govt Seniors Festival grants, Narromine Shire Council, and Coles Narromine.”

“Because of the support given by these businesses and organisations, every senior attending got to take home a small bag of goodies that went down a treat.”

“The gardens at the Trangie Multi Purpose Health Centre was the perfect place to hold the event, creating a great atmosphere during the day.”

Ms Milgate thanked the Trangie CWA who did a fantastic job cooking up a storm with cakes, slices, sandwiches and their “ever popular cream puffs”.

Guests were entertained by resident DJ Robbie Riley who had a number of seniors and hospital staff on their feet showing off their dance moves.

Ms Milgate also extended a big thank you to the Trangie Central School and their efforts in bringing together the day.

“Where would we be without the help and support from the Trangie Central School, the teachers and the students.”

“They allowed us to use their chairs and marquees making sure they were delivered to the site which made it much easier for the volunteers.”

“All the games were developed and planned by the students from the Trangie Central School and the students were very supportive to the seniors participating in the events as well as helping the volunteers and staff in setting up shade areas and activity sites, delivering food and drinks to the seniors, and packing up at the end of the day.”

She also extended a big thank you to hospital staff who helped residents participate in at least one activity. 

“Having these types of events gives the residents that don’t  venture out of their rooms often, the opportunity to mix with other community members that attend and to be inclusive,” Ms Milgate said.

A surprise treat for those attending was a visit from a young Aboriginal dance group that were on their way to Bourke and Brewarrina.

The cultural group from the Wakagetti Indigenous Corporation performed some traditional dances for the seniors.

“Overall the day was a huge success and we look forward to holding it again in 2019,” Ms Milgate said.