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Dorset care homes stage mini Olympics

Sports fans at two Dorset care homes have gone ‘hands-on’ after watching the excitement of the Tokyo Games.

Brook View resident Iona Midlane is presented with her trophy by healthcare assistants Sheridan Simpson, left, and Lilli Walter

Inspired by Team GB’s exploits, staff and residents at Colten Care’s Brook View in West Moors and Avon Cliff in Bournemouth decided to stage their own ‘mini Olympics’ for fun.

At Brook View, gentle rivalry was played out in indoor contests including ‘hook a duck’, a ladder and bean bag game, quoits, carpet bowls, football and hockey.

After a ceremonial cauldron lighting, competitors at Avon Cliff turned their lounge into a venue for cycling, weightlifting, basketball and shooting.

Competitors at both homes then took pride of place on podiums where they were presented with gold, silver and bronze trophies and medals.

Iona Midlane, who was declared the overall winner at Brook View, said: “We all had great fun playing and egging each other on.”

At Avon Cliff, gold medal winners including Barbara Binding in basketball, Francis McCausland in shooting and Pam Cheadle in cycling.

Fellow competitor Bella Kier, who also won a tennis tournament at Avon Cliff earlier in the summer, said: “We always have the most fun playing sport and it is always very well supported.”

Brook View Companionship team member Sarah Moule said: “Our residents were following the Tokyo action closely every day and supporting Team GB.

“There was a great deal of laughter and smiles all round Brook View as we then created our own ‘Team BV’ and took part in various tournaments. Everyone enjoyed going hands-on and getting active.”

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