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Residents snatch weightlifting crown at Golden Games

Nine competitors from Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside donned the colours of Argentina, and set off to Aberdeen Sports Village with their trust mascot Diego to take part in the Golden Games.

The event took place on Thursday 9th June, and saw the team from Laurels Lodge pitted against 5 other care homes in the area. The theme this year was countries, and saw Argentina pitted against Sweden, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico and Ireland.

Each team had to complete the five games, including; football, weightlifting, curling, fishing and basketball, scoring a number of points. These points combined identified the overall winner of the games.

A spokeswoman from the Golden Games said: “Participants usually start off really nice to each other. Then they see the medals and then its game on. Niceness is replaced by competitiveness. It’s great that we can run events like this that keep the over 65s active.”

Sheila Gesma, Home Manager, said: “Laurels Lodge has been actively participating in the Golden Games for 4 consecutive years now and this is something that we all look forward to every year. The sense of pride, happiness and fulfillment that we see in our residents’ faces is priceless, we are all very proud of their achievements”

Laurels Lodge were the winners of the weightlifting competition, raising a staggering 278 reps between them!

Jan Craig, Asda Community Life Champion, joined the team on the day after awarding Laurels Lodge with £200 from Asda’s Charity fund. Jan said: “I had a lovely time at the games they had me in stitches and they were very competitive.”

The members of Team Laurels Lodge were residents Lillian Cameron, Annie Cleavin, Robert Thom, Rose Irene Mckenzie and William Sivewright, Marlene Smith (Personal Activities Leader), Jenny Watt (Care Assistant), Rachel Tucker (Student Nurse) and Jan Craig (ASDA Community Life Champion).

Date published: 15 September 2017

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