FOCUS: A Wauchope player in action in the indoor hockey competition.
FOCUS: A Wauchope player in action in the indoor hockey competition. Submitted

Elders are all good sports

GUSTY conditions may have put paid to the boomerang throwing competition, but there was still plenty of activity at the NAIDOC Elders Olympics yesterday.

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre hosted more than 250 elders and participants at the annual event.

While there was keen competition in the old-fashioned games like egg and spoon races, bean bag throwing and quoits, there were plenty of elders keen to show their skills in basketball, hockey and football as well.

In total there were 13 teams representing 11 nations from the North Coast and the Western region.

Jayde Kelly from Kempsey’s Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation was overseeing the event.

She said it originally started for people who were frail or aged to have a fun sporting day. However, in the last 10 years it has evolved and many elders now enjoy the fun and camaraderie of getting together and catching up with family and friends from the different Aboriginal nations.



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