Fun, Fierce, Friendly – 2017 Lake Macquarie Elders Olympics

4 May, 2017

A huge turnout for the 2017 Lake Macquarie Elders Olympics

The buses began rumbling up to Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council from late morning, the day before the 2017 Elders Olympics.

Hundreds of Elders converged from around the state for the annual event, and to catch up with family and friends.

Image: OurMob

The LALC had extended an invitation to all teams to arrive early and visit for a solid lunch, cuppa and yarns before the big events the next day.

Bahtabah and Biraban LALCS represented the Lake Macquarie Elders, winners of the 2016 Olympics and hosts for the 2017 Games held at Speers Point Park.

2017 hosts: the Lake Macquarie Elders. Image: OurMob

NSW Aboriginal Land Council was also proud to again be a major event sponsor.

And if you ever thought that hundreds of Elders would only be interested in a “catchup” – think again!

Image: OurMob

Competition on-field was fierce, boisterous and friendly.

Image: OurMob
Teams welcomed the Muswellbrook Elders for their first Games. Image: OurMob

Off-field, talk centred on grandchildren, community gossip and the gala awards that night.

Olympics dynamo and Bahtabah LALC CEO Mick Green. Image: OurMob

OurMob was there, so keep an eye out for our video package in our next edition.

Congratulations to 2017 winners Inverell/Gomeroi Elders United, who will host the 2018 Elders Olympics.

2017 Champions Gomeroi Elders United. Image: OurMob


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.