Offaly wins Flisk at The Go For Life Games

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

A team from County Offaly is the winner of the Flisk event at the Go for Life Games, where 300 older people from 17 counties celebrated sport at Dublin City University on Saturday June 7.

A team from County Offaly is the winner of the Flisk event at the Go for Life Games, where 300 older people from 17 counties celebrated sport at Dublin City University on Saturday June 7.

Flisk is a game adapted from boccia and horseshoe pitching played at the Games since their establishment in 2012.

Olivia Murphy, Offaly Sports Partnership Team Manager, congratulated her team saying, “Well done to the Offaly Flisk team. This was the third time playing in competition and only the first time at the Games. I would encourage other people to get out and get involved. It is worth it.”

Other games played at the event were ‘Lobbers’ (a target game adapted from petanque and boules), and ‘Scidils’ (an adaptation of ten pin bowling with one skittle) with winners from South Dublin and Wexford. Teams taking part in this year’s event represented older people’s groups from 17 Local Sport Partnership areas: Meath, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary South, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Offaly, Laois, Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal. Teams have been supported locally by their Local Sports Partnership and the HSE.

At the event Mary Harkin, Go For Life Programme Manager, said, “It was a grand sight to see 300 older people in their county colours taking over the sports centre in DCU on Saturday. There was such a great atmosphere that everyone, on and off the courts, was smiling for the whole day. Even though we place more emphasis on celebration rather than competition the friendly ribbing and rivalry was great fun. According to the recent research by the University of Limerick less than half of those in their 60s do over 2.5 hours of exercise per week, and there is a huge need for events like Go For Life Games which encourage people to get more active,” she added.