Mini Olympics for Carlisle primary school students and seniors

BACK L-R: Teresa Oliver, Mafa Tuialii (9), Margaret Marshall and Shirley Hart.  FRONT L-R: Humaira Hussaini (9) and Katerina Porter (10).  Picture: David Baylis
BACK L-R: Teresa Oliver, Mafa Tuialii (9), Margaret Marshall and Shirley Hart. FRONT L-R: Humaira Hussaini (9) and Katerina Porter (10). Picture: David Baylis

CARLISLE Primary School students and Harold Hawthorne Community Centre senior clients were treated to hours of fun at their Mini Olympics on Tuesday.

As part of Seniors’ week, 30 seniors and 20 Year 4 students had a games-filled afternoon, including beanbag toss, skittles, ring toss and an egg and spoon race.

Harold Hawthorne Community Centre community engagement coordinator Nani Bartley said the events team tried to pick games that were fun for kids and suitable for the senior clients’ mobility.

“These games we actually have in our day centre, we talked about what has worked well with our clients and to use them for mini Olympics,” she said.

“We have to think about their mobility, can they stand and hop off their walker and participate or how long will they be there throwing a beanbag.”

Ms Bartley said the centre was definitely interested in having ongoing intergenerational events with other age groups from the primary school.

“We have been engaging with Carlisle Primary School and bringing kids in to help out our seniors engage with younger generations,” she said.

“This would be our second program we’ve run this year.”