It was a once in a life time spectacular – the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opened this week with a three-hour celebration of Australian culture complete with Delta Goodrem and a giant whale floating across Carrara stadium.
Bolton Clarke communities on the Coast and across Australia have spent months preparing and this week were keen to join the celebrations.
To formally mark the opening in their home town, members of the Galleon Gardens community at Currumbin Waters came together for their own flag raising ceremony on 3 April.
Residents with sporting links including Olympian Brenda Carr (retirement living) did the honours of raising the Commonwealth Games flag.
The celebration continued with the distribution of Commonwealth Games-inspired “Aussie Gold” cupcakes in honour of the day.
Diversional Therapist Gwen Bonney said displays of official posters and flags were helping bring the excitement of the Games to residents.
They proudly donned their golden “Galleon Gladiators” shirts, worn just last week when they took out Bolton Clarke’s annual Hijinx Games, for the flag-raising event.
The Hijinx Games is a highlight of the calendar for Winders, Darlington, and Galleon Gardens residents and Gold Coast HomeCare clients, and includes a sports challenge covering pool noodle javelin, darts, bowls, cooee calling, tunnel ball and a range of other low impact activities. This year it was brought forward as a precursor to Commonwealth Games celebrations.
And the move was worth it – the Games ended in the first ever tie-breaker between the Galleon Gladiators and their neighbours over the border – the Winders Warriors.
Galleon Gardens resident and former elite swim coach Don secured the win for his team, throwing an auditorium length in the tie-breaker thong toss.
Celebrations for the Currumbin site will continue when residents have a front row seat at the cycling, with racing passing the site on April 10 and 14 – an event residents are excited to experience.