Willagee: Braemar Village residents enjoy mini Olympic Games


Braemar Village residents Margaret Creer and Pearl Corcoran, with Pearl’s son and bagpiper for the day William Corcaran.
Braemar Village residents Margaret Creer and Pearl Corcoran, with Pearl’s son and bagpiper for the day William Corcaran.

OLYMPIC fever is in the air across Perth, inspiring competitive spirit among seniors at Braemar Village Willagee where residents took part in their own version of the Games.

Officially opened by a Queen Elizabeth look-alike last Tuesday, the aim of the Braemar mini Olympic Games was to bring residents together to compete in a variety of senior-friendly activities for prized gold, silver or bronze medals.

As homage to a traditional Braemar Gathering, the largest event in Scotland’s Highland Games, the opening ceremony commenced with a bagpipe performance by William Corcoran, the son of Braemar Village resident Pearl, and an official visit from “the Queen”.

Facility manager Lyn Cattell said the mini Olympic Games were an opportunity to make the most of residents’ interest in the impending real event in Rio.

“Our Winter Games activity is a great example of different ways we can incorporate and promote active aging amongst our residents,” she said.

“As people get older it remains vitally important to remain involved in activities that each individual finds stimulating and purposeful.

“Using the Rio Olympics and Braemar Gathering as our inspiration we can create unique opportunities for residents to put the active aging message into practice, while maintaining their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”