Pensioners went head to head when they took part in the fourth annual Seniors’ Golden Games which was organised by the City of Cape Town’s parks and recreation department and held at the Green Point track on Tuesday March 28.
Seniors competed against each other in water games, sprints, relay, ball and spoon races, hula-hooping, over and under and several other games.
This year, Coniston Park Seniors’ Club came in first place when they competed against clubs from
Parkwood, Lavender Hill, Retreat, Steenberg, Westlake, Lotus River, Grassy Park, Ottery and Seawinds .
JP Smith, the City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, and social services, said the games were started in a bid to get seniors more active.
He said seniors were attending the City’s community centres on a weekly basis; however, the activities they participated in were not very energetic.
“To get a larger percentage of our seniors more active and to combat some of the major chronic diseases they are faced with such as diabetes and high blood pressure, we implemented basic wellness (exercise) classes.
“What started as basic chair aerobics was followed by seniors doing activities such as Tae bo, Zumba and other more medium- to high-impact exercises.
“Theresultwashappier, healthierindividualsand from there emerged the idea
for the Golden Games,” said Mr Smith.