On Thursday 12 April the South Inverell Bear Eaters hosted the Northern New England 17th Annual Aboriginal Elders Olympics at Varley Oval, Inverell as last years reigning champions.
The event was officially opened with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony followed by a march where each team had the opportunity to show off their colourful team flags and jerseys.
Thirty teams and over two hundred visitors attended on the day, with Elders and visitors also treated to traditional dance by local students from Ross Hill Public School before the games kicked off.
Elders participated in games such as quoits, shooting hoops, hockey stick relay, and a walking relay and egg and baton relay to finish off the Olympics.
Aunty Mavis Davis spoke about the importance of having an event such as the Elders Olympics for people to come together at.
“We can spend time together and have fun, where normally we only see each other at funerals and things like that. It’s good to see how everyone’s going and share stories.”
“It’s important for the young ones to be here too, to be a part of it so they can keep it going.” Uncle Trevor Wilson added.
Overall, while competition was fierce, the Werin Elders from Port Macquarie took home the shield and the honour of hosting next years Elders Olympics.