Residents join in fun and games

20:20, Aug 11 2014
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GOLDEN GIRL: Wallingford resident Yshbel Glass proudly shows off the gold medal she won for the country with the most medals during the home's Commonwealth Games celebrations.

Wallingford Home got into the competitive spirit while celebrating the Commonwealth Games.

The Temuka rest home held its own version of the games with all residents getting involved in some way.

The names of the top 30 competing nations were put in a hat and each resident drew out a country name.

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MARATHON MADNESS: Wallingford Home in Temuka gets into the Commonwealth Games spirit.

Nurse manager Raewyn Mehrtens said residents each had the flag of that country on their door and a map of the world indicated where that country was and who had drawn it.

"We also had a medal table for the top 30 countries which was updated regularly."

Residents also took up the challenge to walk the length of the marathon around the home's hallways during the 10 days of the games.


"Everyone who could participate did a circuit as often as they were able and this was recorded next to their name."

The distances were added together to make up the distance. The residents needed to walk 357 laps of the building, which Mehrtens said the residents did with ease achieving 410 laps over the 10 days.

"Several residents rose to the challenge to the extent one walked the circuit 19 times in one day," Mehrtens said.

"This lady in particular has found it has made a big difference to her ability to get up the step into the van."

The Wallingford medal ceremony was celebrated with the presentation of gold, silver and bronze medals for the top nations and for the marathon winners.

The Timaru Herald