There was no chance of post Olympic blues for residents of local supported accommodation units as they went head to head in their own competition – the Golden Olympics.
Six teams representing Hamilton Gardens, Stewarton; St Maurs, Kilmaurs; Garven Court, Kilmarnock; Ross Court, Galston; Ellisland Court, Mauchline; Afton Court, New Cumnock and Rowantree Court, Drongan; competed in the annual competition at the Boswell Centre in Auchinleck.
Each team chose to compete as an Olympic country and the games opened with the teams parading to their chosen national anthem. Some teams even went the whole hog and dressed in their chosen country’s national colours. Hamilton Gardens closed the parade dressed in the vibrant colours of Trinidad and Tobago.
Months of training culminated in five heats with teams pitting their most skilled players against each other in games of skittles, bean bag throwing, indoor curling, sticky darts and javelin.
Team GB would have been proud of the team spirit and competitiveness on display. Each game was hotly contested with the lead changing several times throughout the day.
Councillor Tom Cook, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Equalities, who participated in a game of skittles to the delight of the crowd, said: “This annual event is a great way for all the units to come together, to have a bit of fun and good banter while enjoying physical activity.
“I joined the teams for a very competitive game of skittles before a delicious lunch was provided for the athletes by the Onsite Catering team.
“Congratulations go to the winners Kilmarnock’s Garven Court and Drongan’s Rowantree Court who were runners-up.”
Councillor Cook added: “Our older people have so much to give to their community. The supported accommodation units welcome people to events throughout the year and I would urge you take a bit of time out of your busy schedule to visit and support our older people.”
At the end of the Golden Olympics some of the residents got on their (spin) bike to show their support for the Tour of Britain which comes through East Ayrshire on Sunday 4 September.