ELDERLY residents have been limbering up – ahead of their own sporting challenges.
Residents at Richmond Heights care home, Intake, Sheffield, are in full training in preparation for the Sheffield Care Home Games.
And other care homes around the city are holding vents of their own.
Organised by Activity Sheffield, the Council and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Care Home Games are being held at Don Valley Stadium on Thursday.
Richmond Heights is entering a team of three residents, aged between 74 and 84, three carers, a nurse and the daughter of one of the competitors.
They will be cheered on by fellow residents and staff members as they compete in events including skittles, target throwing and bar skittles.
The team hopes to emulate the Richmond Heights success of two years ago when the team brought home a coveted gold medal.
The home is also designing an Olympic Flag to represent the team at the games.
Linda Reynolds, activities co-ordinator at Richmond Heights, said: “The ladies representing us this year are competitive and they will be doing their utmost to win a medal.
“The whole home has embraced the competition and is getting into the Olympic spirit in advance of the actual Games and the participants have been practising hard.
“Just because someone lives in a care home, it doesn’t mean they can’t lead an active and fulfilling life.
“We pride ourselves on enabling residents to pursue activities both inside and outside the home.
“The games are always great fun with a tremendous atmosphere and we are all looking forward to cheering the Richmond Heights team on to success.”
Meanwhile, residents at Eagle House, Stalker Lees Road Sharrow Vale, Sheffield, have already held their own mini Olympics.
There were a host of competitions and races to enter, including a hotly-contested egg-and-spoon race.