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Southern Cross Care Wii Champions
Posted by Alice on November 13, 2013

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The Southern Cross Care teams celebrate taking out first and second prize in the Wii World Cup  

Southern Cross Care’s (SCC) Thomas Perrott Village and Foley Village now hold the title of ‘Nintendo Wii Champions’ after beating 40 other teams to claim first and second place at the annual Nintendo Wii World Cup.

The competition, created and run by Amana Living, is designed to get older people exercising, socialising and generally having fun and is now in its fourth year.  Participants compete in a virtual bowling game against other aged care and retirement living facilities across Western Australia.

To celebrate the fantastic accomplishment of the SCC teams a morning tea was held on 11 November at the Thomas Perrott Village Community Centre. In attendance were the Wii athletes, fellow village residents and Event Organiser Kylie Mathieson who presented the winning teams with their trophy, prize money and certificates.

The Foley Village team captained by Olive McGarry walked away with $110 in prize money. Of her teams Wii experience Olive said “we have enjoyed it immensely. Some people think it’s a child’s game but we’re all children at heart and we had great fun!”

The winning Thomas Perrott Team captained by Joyce Mynett collected $170 which will all be donated to the village’s Knitting Group to purchase wool for the blankets they knit for St Vincent De Paul. Joyce was particular impressed by her team member Irene Kirk who became famous around the village for her strikes. “Irene has been incredible! She is 97 years old this month and got eight consecutive strikes one day. I think she may have become addicted.”

Joyce is hoping that next year she can enlist even more Thomas Perrott Village residents to take part in the fun.

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