Serene Retirement Olympics Eclipse Rio Celebrations

Woman and man in Carnivale costumes

The closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games was always going to be a colourful one but for Serene, the excitement and colour of Rio came much closer to home.

Serene Retirement Village ran their own Olympics for the residents throughout the month of August and not only was competition fierce, it provided many activities and laughs for all involved who said it was one of the best social events they had ever been involved in.

With all competing residents divided into countries, points were earned across a variety of games and exercise classes, as well as residents being awarded participation points for keeping themselves fit and healthy on their normal morning walks and bike rides or regular games of bowls at the adjoining Tweed Heads Bowls Club. Even a trip to Serene’s in-house hairdresser saw the residents earning gold, silver or bronze medals depending on the service they chose.

Our Village Manager Mish Kitchin kept the countries point tallies and said there was no shortage of competitive spirit in the village. “We really thought it might be fun to have some events coinciding with the Rio Olympics, but there was no doubt that the residents took it just as seriously as the Rio athletes and all the staff were amazed at how involved everyone was, there was a really exciting vibe in the village leading up to the last day.”

The competition culminated in a final day of 5 events and a closing ceremony which saw the residents dress in their best Brazilian inspired sequins, feathers and ruffles with the winning team awarded Gold Medals to officially end the games.

Bringing Rio to the Tweed, a group of Brazilian dancers and drummers then entertained the residents with some traditional dance and music, setting the tone for a fantastic evening of celebration for what was a hard-fought Olympic Retirement Games.

Already some residents are gearing themselves up for the Serene version of the Commonwealth Games in 2018 – all the more reason to keep fit, healthy and socially active!