Trans-Tasman Rivalry with Olympics@RYMAN


Trans-Tasman rivalry is getting fierce as Olympics@RYMAN gets underway. In the spirit of the Tokyo Olympics residents from both sides of the ditch are competing in cycling, swimming, bowls, a 21.6 km team walking relay and Quiznastics (gymnastics for the brain).

Ryman Chief Executive Gordon MacLeod said the aim was to prove it is never too late to compete and to show what technology could do.

“We worked with our residents to come up with a format that allows them to compete with hundreds of residents taking part. We’ve discovered we’ve got some incredible sporting talent on board already, including games competitors from the Melbourne and Rome games.

“We’re also expecting some fierce trans-Tasman rivalry as everyone competes for gold," he said.

The Olympics@Ryman patron is Barry Magee, who won a bronze in the marathon at the Rome Olympics in 1960.

Barry is a resident at Murray Halberg Retirement Village in Auckland and is part of the organising team.

“I’ll be there to support everyone,’’ Barry said.

“I keep reminding everyone they’ll be making history as part of the first retirement village Olympics, so I hope they give it a go.

“Having the quality of life to be able to participate in events like this as you get older is a privilege. The danger is that as you age you get seen as disposable, and older people have never been more at risk than they are today. So, I’m delighted to be part of this.’’

Among the competitors is 77-year-old Terry Griffiths, a resident at Ryman’s Logan Campbell village in Auckland.

Terry has been swimming since he was five and has held national titles as well as volunteering as a surf lifesaver at Piha Beach for many years.

“It’s going to be a bit of fun. I’ve been a competitive swimmer all my life so I’m looking forward to it.’’

Aware Group Chief Executive Brandon Hutcheson, the tech partner for Ryman Healthcare said using technology to improve the experience of residents was the future of healthcare.

“Ryman is taking every opportunity to remove limitations on its residents to provide new experiences. By using emerging technologies safely and in a practical, engaging way, residents can create new memories.”