New Plymouth rest home resident Sister Patricia Barrett has the Olympic spirit running in her veins.
The great-great aunt of Taranaki's sole representative at the London Olympics, swimmer Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, has proved the Mission Rest Home's top Olympian.
At its version of the Games yesterday, Sister Barrett, who preferred not to give away her age, won three gold and one silver medal.
“Volleyball was my favourite, there's more to it and it was harder than the other sports,” the nun and former teacher said.
Games organiser Jo Davis said the event really brought the home's community together, with 30 out of 31 residents taking part.
“A lady who likes to keep to herself in her room was asking staff to bring her out so she could play volleyball. It was awesome and I'm so proud of them,” Ms Davis said.
"There was not one person that could participate, who didn't.”
There were five sports on offer, including javelin and football, but there was only one rule the athletes had to abide by - don't stand up.
“They all had to sit in the chair and if they got out of their chair, then they were out,” Ms Davis said.
“This way they all had the same footing; not everyone could run around.”
Sister Barrett said she was proud of her achievements, and sport is in her blood.
“I am proud. God's given me this athletic gift. [All Black and Taranaki first five] Beauden Barrett is also a relation. Sport must run in the family.”
Kyle Wadsworth is a Witt journalism student
- © Fairfax NZ News
Should the NPDC councillors get iPads?Related story: Tech-wary councillors hedge their bets