Generations of Macarthur people will join together to play a unique sport next week.
Magdalene Catholic School students will take on Carrington Aged Care residents in a shuffleboard competition on Tuesday, August 28.
Shuffleboard involve players using their hands to push weighted pucks down a long, wooden table that has been dusted with powder into a scoring zone at the opposite end.
Australian Shuffleboard managing director and rugby league legend, Steve Mortimer OAM has organised next week’s contest at the Narellan school.
“Shuffleboard is a wonderful sport that really suits senior citizens while the kids like it too,” he said.
“Next week we will have kids aged between 15 to 17 years up against residents in their 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s.
“It’s good to get aged care residents out and about to come into the schools.”
Mortimer played a club record of 272 first grade games for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs during the 1970s and 1980s, winning four premierships.
The crafty halfback also played nine State of Origin games for NSW and represented Australia on nine occasions.
He played most of his career alongside his brothers Chris (192 games) and Peter (190).
Mortimer said he learnt about shuffleboard while “down at the pub one night” and fell in love with the sport.
He established his company Australian Shuffleboard soon after he retired from playing rugby league in 1988.
Mortimer said he hoped to see more young people become involved in the sport.
“There is a market out there for shuffleboard to be played in NSW public and private schools,” he said.
Magdalene Catholic High School’s community officer Shareen Borg said the school had shared a good relationship with Carrington Aged Care since 2011.
Borg said the school was proud to support a unique sport like shuffleboard.
“It’s the first time we’ve run shuffleboard and we’ve had a special table at the school since term two,” she said.
Borg said 12 students would line up against 12 Carrington residents and a series of matches would culminate in a grand final
“Shuffleboard provides easy access for seniors to play. Our students look forward to mixing it with the Carrington residents on a sporting field.”
Details: Australian Shuffleboard website.