13 Mar 2006

Over each weekend as the Games take place south of the equator, the Sports Council for Wales is calling on Welsh parents to round up the kids, roll out the garden rugs and launch a DIY Commonwealth showdown on home soil. It’s all part of Health Challenge Wales – a Wales-wide campaign designed to increase levels of physical activity across the nation. And with a bit of imagination, you can try emulating the actions of Team Wales Down Under.

If you’ve ever suspected the children could be Wales’ next gold medallist or secretly fancied the life of a high-class athlete, now’s your chance to step into their shoes and give it a go. Just 30 minutes daily activity will kick-start your family’s fitness and who knows, you might just unearth a new-found talent in the family.

Here’s a workable guide to start you off so get on your marks, get ready and go!

The Opening Ceremony

Just because you’re going to hold a ‘mini’ Commonwealth Games doesn’t mean it’s only suitable for the kids! Exercise is much more fun if friends and family get involved and you have similar goals to aim for. You could create a medal table to show this is just as much a contest for the grown ups - parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends can be pitted against each other!

Fancy going wild? Perhaps indulge yourself in a little Blue Peter moment and create some medals to reward your Commonwealth contenders or prepare an entertaining opening ceremony with music, costumes and disco lights.