Amusing Monday: Energized super-senior just keeps on going

Nothing stops 91-year-old Canadian John Carter, who has been dubbed the “world’s most extreme grandpa.”

In a seven-minute video released in November, this super-senior from Trail, B.C., is shown diving off a high board, snowshoeing, jogging, cycling, fishing and weightlifting. He also practices a little baseball and soccer with the kids. Those feats are something to admire.

Carter apparently has inspired many people, including the video’s producer, Devin Graham, who calls Carter a legend in the general community around Trail. Graham wanted to produce a video to recognize Carter for his way of tackling life, both physically and mentally.

“I just love his presence, his positivity, and how he’s lived his life,” Graham says in the video, “so I wanted to share that story with you.”

John Carter, 91, on location with video-producer Devin Graham. // Photo: DevinSuperTramp

Graham is married to Carter’s granddaughter. He became acquainted with the older man at another family wedding, according to a story in The Columbia Valley Pioneer newspaper, based in nearby Invermere.

The video has been viewed nearly 200,000 times since its release on Nov. 27.

“It’s crazy the comments I am getting because I go to the pool every night at 8,” Carter is quoted as saying. “I just walked in the door and the (front desk clerk) right away said, ‘Can I get your autograph?’”

CBC News commented on Carter’s diving prowess in a feature story, noting that the nonagenarian does back flips and sometimes back flops in a local swimming pool. On at least one occasion, the pool’s lifeguard pointed out that Carter had lost his dentures.

“I thought they were closed in good in my pocket, but the lifeguard says, ‘Hey, Mr. Carter, your teeth are down by the bottom of the pool,'” Carter recalls in the video.

One can also listen to a radio interview (above) with John Carter conducted by guest host Brady Strachan as heard on CBC’s Daybreak South, a current-affairs show based in Kelowna and covering the southern interior of British Columbia.

Devin Graham, a self-confessed film-school dropout, started making videos in Hawaii as DevinSuperTramp before teaming up three other creative minds to form today’s TeamSuperTramp video production company. Checkout the team’s bios.

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