Pensioners navigate their way to title win

The Midlothian Senior Games at Mayfield Leisure Centre
The Midlothian Senior Games at Mayfield Leisure Centre

The Nazareth Navigators held on to their title of Senior Games superstars when they won the event for the second year in a row last week.

Team captain Gill Corrigan was presented with the winners’ trophy by Maureen Kirkwood of sponsor, Brown Opticians.

Gill said: “We are delighted to win again and we also took the top prize not just last year but two years before that too. It’s been a really enjoyable day.”

Nine teams vied for points at Mayfield Leisure Centre during the old favourites of tossing the caber and new age ‘kurling’ – an indoor version of the game minus the ice. However, they also tested their skills during new games of shoogle and drap – a parachute game, hunt the haggis and the cycling challenge.

This year, the event included a Question of Sport, when competitors had to recognise the photographs of sports stars from afar.

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), the cabinet member for sport and leisure, said: “I am in awe of the energy, enthusiasm and competitive spirit everyone brings to the games.

“London did a fantastic job hosting the Olympics while Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games was a rip roaring success. However, neither of these events, at least we think, are a patch on Midlothian’s Senior Games.”

As part of the opening ceremonies, the teams, including the Pittendreich Players, the Archview Athletes and the Drummond Dragons, were piped into the games halls, each carrying their specially designed team flag and wearing team t-shirts.

As well as the caber, the senior citizens took part in the boules like game of boccia and had a go at the circular tug, a kind of tug of war.

Everyone who took part, including four competitors in their 90s, received a medal.

The event was organised by Vivian Wallace, the council’s Ageing Well co-ordinator.

She said: “This is our fourth year of running the events and they just get more and more competitive. It’s a real highlight of the year.”