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City’s Golden Greats strike it right with ten pin challenge


Aberdeen's Golden Games proved age is no barrier to staying active today with their first ten pin bowling contest.

Following on from this summer's successful two-day festival of sport for over 65s the Golden Games hosted its first Ten Pin Bowling Challenge at Codonas Sunset Boulevard bowling alley.

The Golden Games attracted hundreds of people to try out an array of sporting activities at venues across the city. The programme of events was designed to encourage people over 65 to take part in a variety of events, which included tennis, angling, golf, aqua aerobics, ten pin bowling, fitness classes and Scotland's first-ever chair Zumba.

Every event attracted bookings from members of the public all anxious to try something new, revisit a former favourite past-time, get involved and experience the lasting benefit of taking part.

The ten pin bowling session at Sunset Boulevard was one of the most popular and proved so successful that the Golden Games have continued to offer ten pin tasters on a regular basis.

In order to build on the success of these trips with older people from Care Facilities, Sheltered and Very Sheltered housing complexes the Golden Games hosted a Ten Pin Bowling Challenge at Sunset Boulevard, which saw 24 people take part.

Convener of Social Care and Wellbeing Councillor Len Ironside CBE said: "It's great to see the momentum generated by this year's Golden Games continuing.

"The Golden Games are a key part of Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian's commitment to reshaping care for older people in Aberdeen and working closely with our partners, we want to make sure it goes from strength to strength.

"I am delighted to see that the summer programme struck a chord with so many people, including residents from the city's care homes and at today's event there are familiar faces and others taking part for the first time.

"Every one at Sunset Boulevard today epitomises what the Golden Games is all about. They do not see age as a barrier, in fact their attitude exemplifies the Games' aim to combat age discrimination, overcome age-related stereotypes and remove barriers for older people continuing to take part in a range of activities across the city."

Teams from homes across the city competed for the Ten Pin Bowling trophy with the Angusfield Zimmers claiming top spot. Everyone who took part will see their overall team score entered into the Team of the Year 2012/13 league, which will culminate at next years Golden Games summer festival.