Old folks in Wii Olympics

The Olympics came early to Comet country last week as old folks took the Wii in a battle with youngsters for computer animated gold.

The second annual Stevenage Homes Nintendo Wii Olympics saw 130 ‘athletes’ aged 10 to 88, playing computer games at the Scarborough Centre on Thursday.

Chief executive Lorraine O’Brien said the association had installed games consoles in sheltered homes to help tenants socialise and stay active. The youth groups were invited as part of a project to break down barriers between young and old, she added.

“By inviting young people to come and compete with residents in our Wii Olympics we hope that they will gain a better understanding of each other and have fun playing together.”

Teams from sheltered housing schemes, Round Diamond, Broom Barns, Nobel, Barnwell and Marriotts schools, police and fire service cadets and the Hertfordshire Youth Offending Team all took part.

North Herts Police Cadets took gold, Stevenage Police Cadets silver and Barnwell School bronze.