Senior Shuffleboard Encourages Community Bonding

Posted on Tuesday, 24 May 2016

In a bid to increase senior participation rates in recreational and healthy community activities, a shuffleboard was recently installed at The Lakemba Club for the enjoyment of Members and guests.

Shuffleboard enthusiast and Bulldog Legend, Steve Mortimer, has been running tutorials for staff and Members to introduce and teach the finer details of the game.

“Unfortunately we tend to become less active the older we get which has a negative effect on our overall health and wellbeing. Shuffleboard is easy to play and is a unique sport that everyone can enjoy while still experiencing the excitement of real sport and teamwork,” said Steve Mortimer OAM, Founder of Steve Mortimer’s Australian Shuffleboard.

The game of Australian tabletop shuffleboard is very easy to learn – players play against each other and try to achieve the highest points by gliding pucks down opposite sides of the table into scoring zones. With rules similar to lawn bowls, the game is played at hip-height which makes it comfortable and suitable for people of all ages and physical fitness to enjoy.

The Lakemba Club also has its own shuffleboard club called the Lakemba Legends who recently played a friendly shuffleboard competition with Bulldogs players James Graham, Aiden Tolman, Josh Jackson and David Klemmer. Don’t let their age fool you; there was a twinkle in their eyes as they drew first blood however the Bulldogs proved too great with their beginners’ luck and eventually won the game 14-1.

Anyone who’d like to learn how to play shuffleboard can drop into the Club anytime and ask one of our friendly staff to teach them. The Lakemba Legends also meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm to play shuffleboard.

For more information, please contact Helen Meredyth on 0467 173 713.

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