Australia has been victorious in the most hotly-contested sporting competition of Leith’s summer. The St Nicholas Court Sheltered Housing Complex’s Oh-Limp-Nix Generation Games was a four-day tournament where 12 of the complex’s residents battled it out for sporting glory.
The residents were split into four teams, each made up of three people: Great Britain, USA, Australia and Spain, and the nations faced a different challenge over four days of pulsating competition.
Maureen Tait, Senior Sheltered Housing Coordinator at the Port of Leith Housing Association complex, said: “We have had a fantastic week and everyone has really got into it. There has been a fantastic buzz, some light-hearted rivalry and it has really helped everyone come together and feel a part of the Olympic fever.”
On day one it was bowling on the Wii where John Haggie, representing Australia, won with a score of 201. On Tuesday, there was shot putt and hoopla with Great Britain winning. On Wednesday the teams battled it out on archery on the Wii with Great Britain winning again. On the final day of competing, a representative from each team played Triominoes (three-sided dominoes) with Spain and USA achieving the joint highest score. All the scores from the week were added up to decide the winning team.
The day-room of the complex was transformed with flags from all over the world adorning the walls and roof. After each competition, food from one of the represented nations including fish and chips and paella was served.
On Friday, each of the participants was presented with a medal from Port of Leith Housing Association Chief Executive Keith Anderson. He said: “It’s fantastic how everyone has really embraced this and made it a very eventful and exciting visit for those taking part and everyone who came along to watch and support the participants. Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially the winning team, Australia.”
The teams have been training for three months in preparation for the Oh-Limp-Nix Generation Games – and that iron-willed dedication was rewarded when the stars from Down Under finished top of the world!
Victorious Aussie captain Ian Vanhegan said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic tournament. With all the build up, it was great when it finally came around and we’re a bit sad it’s all over. Now we can concentrate on watching the real Olympics. Doing the tournament made the Olympics seem all the more real and we now have a very small feeling of what’s going on down in London and the fun of it all.”