Let Games begin
FROM Moree to Moonee Beach, Aboriginal elders will be gathering in Yarrawarra for the annual Aboriginal Elders Olympics.
Wendy Craig will be representing Coffs Harbour and has been working hard in preparation for the Games. There will be egg-and-spoon races, football throwing and relay racing.
“We went out the other day and it was cold and overcast but we kept at it, weaving balls through hoops and throwing them in holes. I’m feeling confident we will get somewhere on the day,” Ms Craig said.
After a mix up with the preparation, the games were almost cancelled. However, Edward Williams stepped in, with less than month to go, and has been working hard to ensure the games go ahead.
“It is important because it gets the elders out into the community and gets them active.
“They go to someone else’s country and have fun catching up with everybody,” Mr Williams said.
Yarrawarra won the Olympics in 2009 and Mr Williams is feeling positive about this year.
“We were getting flogged last year until the boomerang event. It’s our best one, darts is also a favourite,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Williams said everybody is welcome to attend the festival that will be held on Thursday, July 8.
The banner march will start at 9am at the Yarrawarra cultural centre.
“It’s always good to see the banners, a lot of work goes into them,” Mr Williams said.