The Winter Olympics are already underway in Sochi, and in Winnipeg care homes, seniors aren’t just watching the games — they’re competing in their very own.
Five Winnipeg care homes and one Brandon care home are participating in the national All Seniors Care Olympics — a chance for seniors to be active and compete against their peers across Canada.
Seniors at Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residences competed in Wii Golf and shuffleboard on Thursday, trying to nab a local medal and place nationally.
“This is serious business. I may get a contract out of this,” joked Jack Blower, who won his first shuffleboard match with partner Theresa Lavallee. “We won it inside the 20 minutes!”
The competition will go all week, with about 2,200 seniors across Canada competing.
The events started in 2010, when they coincided with the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Since then, they’ve attracted seniors of all ages, including Lloyd Brown, who is turning 101 on Feb. 28.
“It’s so great to get everyone out, especially in February when it’s so cold,” said Sherelle Pullman, the senior director of health and wellness for the games. “We're really proud to have active and healthy seniors known to be 101 and taking part every day this week in different events.”
Later this week, the seniors will find out where they place nationally.