The 2015 YMCA Seniors Sports Carnival will be a one day event, to be held on 23rd October 2015, for residents of aged care facilities or people attending aged day care centres. The participants are aged between 80 to over 100.
This will be the 12th annual YMCA Seniors Sports Carnival. The first was held in 2004 with six participating teams. For the 2014 event, 19 teams of between 16-20 people participated although it is not yet known how many teams will be registering for the 2015 event. It is expected, as for 2014, that some 500 people will be present throughout the day.
The day will consist of competition in 6 modified sports with medals presented to first second and third placegetters and an overall trophy awarded to the team with the highest points scored. Certificates of participation are awarded to all participants. The events include “hot potato”, “cannon ball”, seated javelin throwing, a wheel-chair obstacle race, bocce and a 4 x 10 metre relay race.
Since 2009 the Sport Science students (now part of the Health Faculty) from the University of Canberra have been involved in the project. Approx 50-60 second year students are allocated to the teams to provide a six week once-a-week training program for the participants and they also come to support them on the day. As well, approx 40 students from Merici College act as marshals on the day of the event.
The competition is preceded by an opening ceremony. Primary school children are invited to sing the National Anthem and to parade the team banners. The banners are made by the teams in the weeks leading up to the event.
Each team comes with a minimum of three care staff who attend to the dietary and toileting needs of their team participants. Some 30 community volunteers are recruited to assist entry into the event venue, serve refreshments and assist competitors to the starting point of each event.