Ngambaga Bindarry Girrwaa Elders win 21st Elders Olympics held in Port Macquarie

BRINGING HOME MEDALS: Gumbaynggirr Elders starred at the annual Elders Olympics
BRINGING HOME MEDALS: Gumbaynggirr Elders starred at the annual Elders Olympics

What legends! After a drought of nearly 20 years our Ngambaga Bindarry Girrwaa Elders from the Nambucca Valley have brought home a swag of medals and won the overall event at the Elders Olympics held in Port Macquarie last month.

With two teams of ten, it was Team 2 that scored the runs ... or rather the shots, the hits and more as they competed in egg and spoon races, quoits, netball, bean bags, softball and of course a relay.

Absolute champion of the day was Noelene Ballangarry - she broke the record for shots in Pass the Football, which requires players to shoot a big ball through a little hole.

"She just kept slotting them through, and I'm saying go, go, go," Ngambaga chair Aunty Ann Edwards said.

CHAMPION: Noelene Ballangarry

CHAMPION: Noelene Ballangarry

The Elders Olympics started back in 2001 in the Nambucca Valley - with two teams. Now there are 38 teams from all around NSW, including Tamworth, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Inverell, Dubbo and Moree.

"It is the best time - we all look forward to it, to seeing friends and family and having a good chin wag," Aunty Ann said.

What about training?

"Oh I think we threw a few bean bags once!" Aunty Val Balir laughed.

Already thoughts have turned to next year ... even more so because Bowraville will host it.

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