Ron Smith Care Centre’s (RSCC) residents and staff enjoyed the Golden Games Special Olympics – a spectacular week of fun and games from 6 to 10 June, which saw all six residential wings’ residents and staff dress up in their team colour to compete.
Each team, consisting of RSCC residents and staff, competed in four events, namely Balloon Volleyball, Paper Airplane Race, Bean Bag Toss and the Skyscraper Building Challenge. There was also a fun Hug-a-Balloon race for staff.
The four days of events culminated in a glorious Awards Ceremony, where Lakeside was pronounced the winner of the championship. Individual members were crowned and presented with medals.
Other special awards were presented for the Best Team Leader, Best Cheerleader, Most Helpful to Residents, Best Sportsman, Best Skyscraper Builder, Most Superb Team Work, Most Enthusiastic, Best over 90 Competitor and Champion Golden Gamer (resident and staff).
“Throughout the event, the levels of team spirit, excitement, singing, dancing, cheering, clapping, determination and friendly competitiveness were thrilling to witness and experience,” says Debbie Christen, Rand Aid’s manager of recreational programmes.
“Most of the residents enjoyed themselves immensely and some who don’t normally participate in recreational activities really came alive during the competitions. Others, who thought they wouldn’t be able to manage some of the events, were encouraged to give it a try anyway, and were totally amazed and delighted by the results of their efforts,” she adds.
Some of the families who received daily updates on the events and results sent messages of support and congratulations.
One family member said: “This looks like the most wonderful Olympics ever! Well done to all the organisers and contestants. I loved watching all the videos and seeing all the pictures!”
When a team won an event by only three points, a family member commented: “Nearly as close as a rugby game!”
RSCC’s staff were also very happy, says Debbie. When asked how they felt about the week, many said it raised their spirit and was good for staff morale.
“Many couldn’t stop talking about it and have already asked for a repeat. It was wonderful to see all of the wings having fun together, especially after COVID-19 and the various lockdowns,” says Debbie.
“Judging from the reaction and feedback from residents, staff and families, the Golden Games Special Olympics was an exceptional and outstanding event which brought joy to the care centre’s community. It was pronounced a phenomenal success by all!”