Carrington Aged Care Residents Bond with Magdalene students in shuffleboard competition

News | Carrington Aged Care Residents Bond with Magdalene students in shuffleboard competition

Posted 29 August 2018 by Camden-Narellan Advertiser in News

There’s nothing like a shuffleboard table to bring some of Macarthur’s oldest and youngest folk together. Magdalene Catholic High School, Narellan hosted Carrington Aged Care residents in an inaugural inter-generational shuffleboard competition on Tuesday.

The event helped strengthen the unlikely relationship between the schools in recent years, with highlights including a back to school day for Carrington residents and a “this is your life” short film project shot by students at the aged care facility.

Magdalene’s community officer Shareen Borg said the school had shared a good relationship with Carrington Aged Care since 2011.

Ms Borg said the school was proud to support a unique sport like shuffleboard.

“Shuffleboard provides easy access for seniors to play,” she said.

Tuesday’s competition was organised by Shuffleboard Australia and business development manager Andrew Mortimer said it was a great opportunity for students to bond with the Carrington residents.

“While shuffleboard itself is great and a lot of fun, it’s also a vehicle for bridging the gap between generations,” he said. “The students didn’t feel obliged to be there and they were happy to talk with the residents.”

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Shuffleboard involve players using their hands to push weighted pucks down a long, wooden table that has been dusted with powder into a scoring zone at the opposite end.

Tuesday’s participants were given a rundown of the sport’s rules by Mr Mortimer and his father Steve, former rugby league star for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

The Magdalene students appeared to learn quickly and claimed the bragging rights with a thrilling win.

Two teams of four players represented both Magdalene and Carrington with a series of matches culminating in a grand final.

 “The Carrington residents were holding a two-point lead on the final end before the students knocked their puck off the end of the board to win,” Mr Mortimer said. 

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Originally published on the Camden-Narellan Advertiser, titled 'Magdalene Catholic High School wins shuffleboard competition' Photos: Joshua Bartlett.


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