Research has shown that residents living in retirement villages are more active than those of the same age that live in suburbia – and this was certainly evident at the Inter-Village Challenge between Living Choice Kawana Island and Twin Waters residents on 22nd and 23rd October.

There were plenty of activities – from outdoor games such as golf, tennis, bowls, kayaking, petanque, mini-golf, horse-shoe chucking and bocce to indoor games such as darts, carpet bowls, billiards, 8-Ball and table tennis. But there was also plenty of passion as everyone encouraged their fellow residents to “have a go” and win points for their village.

Sporting pursuits weren’t the only activities and cake-bakers, artists, woodworkers and craftspeople were also given the opportunity to shine and earn points.

At the last Inter-Village Challenge held two years ago, Kawana Island Residents’ Chairman Graeme Preston hoisted the Directors’ Cup – this year, he had to concede defeat to Twin Waters’ Chairperson Jenifer Simpson, who accepted the trophy on behalf of Twin Waters residents from Living Choice Director Graham Hobbs.

In paying tribute to the residents and organisers Bob Sande and Ian Lawson, Graham said the Inter-Village Challenge had not been rivalled by any other retirement village group. He said retirees who remained active and passionate were more likely to be happy.

 “I like to think that if you come to a Living Choice village you will be more active and passionate than at any other retirement village.”