Residents competing in their own version of Winter Olympics this week
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Deron Hamel
The spirit of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has touched down at Maplewood, where residents and staff members at the Brighton long-term care home celebrated with their own opening ceremonies which included a torch relay.
Acting as Olympic torchbearers, residents Douglas Nicholson, Ena Clews, and John and June Closs carried a makeshift torch through Maplewood’s corridors to the “Olympic Stadium” — the dining room.
“The afternoon was such a hit,” says life enrichment co-ordinator Rachel Corkery, adding the day included a snowball fight.
“Man, I got hit by so many snowballs, but the best part was seeing all their faces and hearing their laughter. It was so much fun.”
During the next week, three teams of residents will be competing in Maplewood’s version of Winter Olympic events. The specially planned events include an ice-cream meltdown, bowling, curling and slalom races.
There are three resident teams competing. The teams are named after the three words in the Olympics’ motto: Citius (swifter), Altius (higher), Fortius (stronger).
Closing ceremonies will be hosted next Sunday to mark the end of a fun week and gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented.
Corkery says residents’ excitement is building.
“The residents are really looking forward to a great week,” she says.
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