Mercy Place Games begin

June 15, 2017

Mike Scandolera shows resident Alex Caldwell his medals.

Jim Johnston.

Volunteer John Kennedy and resident Garry Bell.

Having fun: resident Roma Grose practising basketball with George Georgji.

Mercy Place residents fought off the winter chill at the Shepparton retirement home on Tuesday by participating in Olympic-inspired games.

Residents were eager to get involved in the inaugural Mercy Place Games.

Resident Laura Vagg said the games helped break up the day.

‘‘They’ve been good, something a bit different,’’ she said.

Ms Vagg said she liked to keep busy and during the Mercy Place Games participated in the croquet and bowls.

Mercy Place lifestyle co-ordinator Nicole Raditsas said the home thought holding games would be a good way to engage residents and have a bit of fun.

Across the day residents participated in a range of activities such as noodle javelin, pool, croquet, basketball, carpet bowls, a wheelchair relay and finally a medal ceremony.

Ms Raditsas said residents also got to hold a torch used in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and meet badminton champion Mike Scandolera.

Mr Scandolera competed at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and lives in Shepparton.

He said it was great to meet the residents and show them his medals.

‘‘It’s really interesting to see how it brings a smile to these residents,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s just really good to see and it’s great for me as well because it brings those memories back.’’

Mr Scandolera said it was amazing to hear several residents say they watched him participate in the Commonwealth Games.

Ms Raditsas said the day was made possible thanks to talented volunteers who came up with the idea.

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