The Swedish sharp shooter won his sixth Olympic medal at the grand old age of 72 back in 1920... a reminder to us all that it’s never too late to take part.
Which is where Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team come in!
They’re planning Wigan and Leigh’s very own Olympic-style fun and games day in September.
“There’s only one criteria. ‘You have to be over 50’, said Active Living Officer Elanor Reynolds. “This is a chance to make new friends, have fun but also improve your health and wellbeing at the same time.”
Starting in June a series of training camps will be arranged across the borough where teams can hone their skills in the disciplines including new age kurling, short mat bowls, table tennis, Wii Game, dance mats and a mystery old school game. When the teams compete in September all the hallmarks and protocol of the games will be adhered to with a team anthem, medal ceremony and closing ceremony.
“This promises to be a lot of fun but there’s also a serious side,” added Elanor. “Engaging in regular physical activity can have a profound affect on your health. Throughout the day there will also be lots of different agencies such as Arthritis Care where people can ask advice and access information.”
If you’re interested in taking part call the Active Living Team on 01942 488 481 or email E Reynolds