Aged care provider Amana Living is seeking participants for their annual Wii World Cup among aged care and retirement living facilities across Australia.
The virtual bowling competition is open to all aged care centres and retirement living villages, which can source a Wii and Wii Sports Resort game and pull together a team of about eight participants and a coach.
Participants are assisted by staff, who text their team’s score each week throughout the two month event to Amana Living’s Enrichment Coach Kylie Mathieson, who drove the initiative that began in 2010. Now in its fourth year prizes are awarded in three divisions, Residential Care, Day Clubs and Retirement Living.
“This is a great way to get older people up, moving, excited, socialising and generally having fun” said Amana Living CEO Ray Glickman.
“As part of a wider enrichment program at Amana Living, it has been extremely successful, attracting support from the Department of Sport and Recreation last year, who provided an ‘Exergaming’ officer to assist staff and residents at our sites” he said.
Amana Living’s Enrichment Coach Kylie Mathieson said she was hoping to introduce a State award if enough teams sign up and attract a sponsor to cover the cost of this year’s prizes.
“It would be fantastic to see the Wii World Cup become a national event with a generous sponsor to provide cash prizes that can go back into enriching the live of our older people” she said.
In 2012 the competition attracted 38 teams, totalling around 300 seniors getting up and active.
To register a team for the 2013 Wii World Cup, or to discuss sponsorship, please contact Kylie Mathieson on (08) 9424 6335 or email email@example.com
Dates: Monday, 2nd September – Sunday 27th October, 2013
Cost: $44 (incl. GST) per centre (for competition booklet and prize pool)
What is involved? Playing ONE game of Wii Bowling each week for 8 weeks, texting scores to 0417 461 595
Who can play? Teams of 4 or more interchangeable players from aged care homes, day clubs or retirement living villages.
What will you need? Nintendo Wii, TV, Wii Sports Resort, enthusiastic coach
Registration: By FRIDAY 16th August