One evening José Rigor (Manager of Residential Services, Living Care Alexander Campbell House) was driving home listening to ABC radio, when he heard Canterbury Bulldogs legend, Steve Mortimer talk about his passion for senior Australians in aged care.

Dennis Philp competing in the tournament

Steve spoke about how the game, shuffleboard is appropriate for seniors, including those with limited mobility or people with disabilities. He expressed how shuffleboard helps many seniors discover the joys of recreation and active community involvement, even if they’ve never participated in sport before. Best of all he spoke about how shuffleboard connects generations in an activity that everyone loves – from kids to our community’s valued seniors.

Shuffleboard is a game in which players push metal or plastic weighted pucks down a long and smooth wooden table into a scoring area at the opposite end of the table.

This sounded like a great idea, however, the cost of purchasing one was high. After exploring some options, the team at Alexander Campbell House found out that Forestville Senior Citizens Centre was looking to get rid of a shuffleboard. The team jumped on this opportunity and arranged for the equipment to be transferred to Alexander Campbell House.

The equipment was in very good condition and shortly after it arrived Steve Mortimer hosted Alexander Campbell House’s first shuffleboard competition. This was attended by residents, staff, family and friends and it was a memorable event where a lot of people actively participated. Whether watching or playing, the people who live at Alexander Campbell House were engaged, involved and united.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!