Eden Koori elders have returned from the annual Mini Koori Olympics with necks heavy in gold, with Uncle Ossie Stewart defending his title in five events.
Representing Eden’s Twofold Allstars was Pastor Ossie Cruse, Liddy and Uncle Ossie Stewart and Shirley Aldridge, accompanied by Ivan Broome, Daneika Stewart and coach Joe Stewart.
“We won six medals and five of them were by Dad (Ossie Stewart),” Mr Stewart junior said proudly on Monday. “Other team members did Personal Bests. The competition was pretty tough; we even had a play-off between grandmother and granddaughter!”
The event is part of Aunty Jean’s Good Health Program, an initiative aimed at the prevention and intervention of chronic disease. This year it was held at Wagga Wagga on Thursday October 20, with over 300 competitors.
“Sufferers, or those at risk of, chronic illness had one day to show off their skills and compete for gold, silver or bronze in nine events,” Mr Stewart junior said.
Winning five events was Dad Uncle Ossie Stewart, for javelin, target toss, monster quoites, bowls and ‘kee’an’, with comrade Ivan Broome winning the discus.
“It’s just so good to get in among your old friends and relatives,” Mr Stewart said on Monday.
“Nearly all my family was there, including my sister and kids. It’s a great turnout once a year for us elders.
“There’s a possibility Eden might host it next year. If that happens we’ll make it as big and eventful as possible.”
Wife Liddy Stewart said she was proud of her husband, and already looking forward to 2017.
“We’ll do it again next year and bring home more medals,” Ms Stewart said. “I’m going to practice up!”
Ms Stewart said a highlight was the entertainment, with one team performing Swan Lake dressed in “white costumes, frilly skirts, the lot”.
She said the Twofold Allstars were planning to perform a song but were concerned their back-up music would break-down, so they’re “saving it for something special”.
Twofold Bay All Stars thanked their Murrumbidgee host, Southern NSW Local Health District Aboriginal Health, and Wandarma Bega.