Customers living at Childwick House, an Orbit independent living scheme in Newmarket, are celebrating after being crowned the Suffolk Care Home Olympics Champions for 2018.
The competition saw 300 residents, up to the age of 102 years, in 29 care settings across Suffolk compete in three sports (Boccia, fishing and curling) over the autumn and winter months.
Delivered by Suffolk social enterprise Elatus Sports, and supported by Suffolk County Council’s Most Active County programme, the purpose of the Olympics is to give care home residents a fun and enjoyable experience of sport whilst also highlighting the importance of physical activity within social care settings.
Points were awarded in each sport with the cumulative total determining the finalists and, following a second round of competition, the overall winners.
Whilst Childwick House were overall champions there were three different winners in the individual competitions. Uvedale Hall in Needham Market triumphed in the fishing competition, Sherrington House, Ipswich won the boccia competition and Red House in Sudbury scooped the honours in the curling competition. Red House were also the overall runners-up.
John, aged 90, from Barham Residential Care Home, commented “These sessions make you come alive a bit” whilst 97-year old Edna from Uvedale Hall commented “The sessions make everyone more friendly, and it helps me to talk to other people”.
Matt Abbott from Elatus Sports said; “It has been wonderful delivering sporting opportunities to so many people in care settings and, in doing so, demonstrating the important role that physical activity plays in contributing to physical and mental wellbeing at every stage of life.”
Cllr Tony Goldson, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council said; “I would like to congratulate every single participant that took part in this year’s games. It just goes to show that it’s never too late to be active and enjoy the benefits it brings, whether that’s feeling fitter, socialising, having a focus for your day or just having fun.”
He added “With Suffolk’s older population expected to rise significantly over the next 20 years or so initiatives like this are really important to our ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”
Cheryl Shuttlewood, the Activities Co-ordinator at Childwick House, said; “We are delighted to have become Suffolk Care Home Olympics Champions. We’ve had so much fun and have thoroughly enjoyed the competition. We are already looking forward to defending our title next time round.”