6 Team Building Activities To Celebrate The 2016 Rio Olympics

181377331aa2df703d6f4f78ea803bf5The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are now upon us! Officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and more commonly known as Rio 2016, the Olympics sees thousands of athletes from around the globe participate and compete in a variety of sporting competitions. These competitions range from swimming and athletics to equestrian dressage and synchronised swimming. The Olympic motto is made up of three Latin words: Citius – Altius – Fortius. These words mean Faster – Higher – Stronger. If your office is abuzz with Olympic fever, why not get involved in some friendly competition with one of our Olympic themed events! In a ceremony at the conclusion of the activity the winning team will be presented with Olympic style gold medal medallions.

Mini Olympics

Volleyball, Elimination Footy, Archery… are you a master sportsman finding it hard to choose your specialised Olympic event? Then the Mini Olympics is for you!

The Mini Olympics is a fun activity that provokes competitiveness and plenty of laughter, yet doesn’t intimidate participants who may be lacking in sporting or physical prowess.

The event involves teams rotating around various sports such as Volleyball, Frisbee, Catapult Firing, T-Ball, Team Tennis, Dodge Ball, Kick Tennis, Sand Scrabble and many more. The options are endless and only dependent on the venue and the size of the group.

We can run our Mini Olympics in a large grassed area or on the beach.

Olympic themed Amazing Race

Teams will be issued with a list of cryptic clues to various locations across the local area. Awaiting the groups at each location are Olympic themed team based activities known as “roadblocks” where teams earn points towards their overall score. Teams will also be collecting scavenger items and taking team photos along the way to earn precious bonus points. All teams converge at the finale location at the same time for a final all-in team challenge before prizes are awarded to the victors!

Archery

Our team of Archery Sharp Shooters won us our first Olympic medal at this year’s games. Why not get your team on target with this ancient form of medieval weaponry! In this engaging activity a structured lesson involving technique and safety are outlined and enforced. The delegates are then divided into teams that compete aiming to outscore their opponents. All delegates will have plenty of firing time and be kept entertained as teams are involved in various competitions and games that all involve shooting arrows at the target. The event can finish with a sharpest individual shooter if you like.

Australia's Mack Horton bites his gold medal on the podium of the Men's 400m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Be like Australian shooter Catherine Skinner and win a gold medal for your team!

This dynamic and interactive activity uses authentic 12 gauge shotguns that have been converted to fire laser beams. Clays with Omni-directional tape are fired from the launcher – when the shooter scores a hit the beam is reflected back to the gun and registers a hit on the electronic scoreboard.

Wine Olympics

Now this is our kind of Olympic event!

Rather than running, jumping and swimming your way to victory, teams will tackle a very different series of events. Grape stomping, wine spitting, cork popping, waiter relay and an array of winery related activities will guarantee a good time.

 

Olympic Themed Trivia Night

Know your Olympic history? This isn’t your average pub trivia. Pinnacle is ingenious at tailoring this interactive trivia challenge to any group. It will prove to be unlike any other trivia night you have ever attended. The games we play throughout the night are hysterical and we can guarantee that your delegates will be laughing from start to finish.

Between each round of questions the tables volunteer delegates to participate in crazy challenge activities (which makes the evening very interactive). Music trivia, movie, and TV sound tracks are on the menu as well as IQ/Brainteasers.

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Judgement at Work

Judgement of another person can be very harmful and destructive within teams. Judgement can be fixed and remain so for a very long period of time. Often we are aware of it and its potential impacts yet we refuse to shift. Shifting this judgement involves giving the person another chance to establish themselves with you and potentially change your judgement of them. If the behaviours continue, this is when the challenge may increase.

Judgment is a reflection of yourself
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Also be careful with Judgement that it isn’t in fact a reflection of yourself. Often the aspects and behaviours that annoy us within another person may in fact be behaviours that we exhibit ourselves. This involves pausing before we act and respond and reflect about our own behaviours.

So pause, reflect and then act. Question your Judgement and its potential to be destructive for your relationship with that person. Look at yourself first.

Judgement within teams often erodes Trust. We all need to work on this and be mindful of its impacts upon ourselves, others and ultimately the TEAM. Be kind and help to build the rapport and trust within your team.

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Snow in the Silly Season?

Pinnacle Team Events found ourselves in the unique situation last week of having one of our famed events was postponed due to SNOW! Our client was conferencing at the beautiful Fairmont Resort in Leura on Friday and Saturday – as they were making their way from Sydney up the Great Western Highway to the Blue Mountains their bus was stopped at a road block caused by snow over the road.

Cleaver thinking by the bus driver saw the group sit out the snow storm having a few drinks in a cosy pub beside the open fire. Despite being far from what was planned for their event; in a remarkable way sitting around the fire sharing the experience of mother natures power is team building at its best.

I think we are done for snow storms for the remainder of this year and thank goodness for that! We are currently mid way through a bumper month where this October Pinnacle facilitators will host over 2000 delegates from over 30 different organisations. We have events spanning the east coast of Australia as far north as Yeppoon in QLD and as far south as Melbourne.

As organisations approach the end of year it is time for the events teams to begin planning the Christmas Party or team day. This is a very important tradition for all organisations to show their staff, suppliers and clients appreciation for another year of support. Very few businesses operate without relying heavily on human capital to ensure the business success. We are thrilled that we are in the business of making these events happen and assisting our clients to thanks such a valuable resource – their people.

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