Mingaletta’s Central Coast Wildfires have won the Aunty Jean’s Koori Mini Olympics.
Over 150 competitors took part in the 15th annual event at the Illawarra Hockey Stadium on October 23.
The Koori Mini-Olympics evolved from the Aunty Jean’s Program, which began in the Illawarra in 2004 with the aim of improving the health of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Program coordinator Ms Rebecca Dawson said she was delighted for the Wildfires who made it back-to-back wins when they took out this year’s plaque after winning medals in 12 events.
“These games have continually provided a physical, spiritual and social element that enhances the wellbeing of the participants as they celebrate together in the games, ’’ Ms Dawson said. The Aunty Jean’s Program was named in memory of respected Elder Aunty Jean Morris, who actively promoted aboriginal health and culture in the region.
The successful program was expanded to Ulladulla as well as to the Southern and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts.
The program included physical exercise, education sessions, screening and self-management to support the development of good health behaviour for aboriginal people with chronic and complex health care needs.
SOURCE: Media release, 29 Oct 2019 Peter Cross, Illawarra Local Health District