102-year-old Sylvia ‘an absolute legend’ and ‘inspirational’ as she shoots a basketball

Viewers have branded a 102-year-old an ‘absolute legend’ after she successfully shot a basketball into the hoop during an episode of Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.

The show is about what happens when one of the UK’s biggest retirement villages opens a nursery where the classmates’ ages range from three to 102. What can the very young and the very old learn from each other?

Sylvia, the oldest resident at Lark Hill Retirement Home in Nottingham, was filmed getting out of her chair, asking ‘Can I have a go?’

The youngsters around her, who have been spending time at the care home as part of the TV experiment, then began chanting her name in encouragement as she took hold of the ball.

Using one arm, Sylvia managed to get the basketball straight into the hoop on her first attempt – to her own surprise and delight.

Social media users quickly commented on the pensioner’s efforts, describing her as an inspiration.

One viewer posted: ‘Sylvia on #OldPeoplesHome4YO is an absolutely legend! I want to take her home & adopt her as my grandma’.

Another fan wrote: ‘Sylvia 102 and dunking baskets #yolo #lifegoals #OldPeoplesHome4YO’

Meanwhile, one commented: ‘Hope I’m like Sylvia if I get to 102. She’s had me sobbing, she’s just so sweet.’

Sylvia managed to nail her basketball shot as the group of elderly residents and four-year-olds practised for a group sports day.

Following her success at shooting hoops, Sylvia said: ‘Oh we’re going to win. I mean it’s a waste of time for all of them to go, because they’re going to win.’

During the episode, the elderly were encouraged to do more physical activity in a bid to improve their mobility.

Viewers said they were left in tears after watching former tap dancer Lilian, 81, ditch her walking stick to take part in an egg-and-spoon race during the group sports day.

Lilian had admitted she ‘couldn’t get very far without’ her aide after suffering a fall two years ago, but threw it aside during the race, to allow her to speed-walk.

Viewers took to Twitter to comment on the heartwarming moment, with one tweeting: ‘I’m not crying, you are’.

Another posted: ‘This is just incredible I want the[m] all to do so well and they are, Lilian is flying. This is joyful’.

Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds sends a cohort of four-year-olds to a temporary nursery set up at Lark Hill Village, Nottingham, which is home to more than 400 OAPs, for three months.

The two groups take part in a series of activities to see what they can learn from each other, with this week’s episode focusing on physical mobility.

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