Birthday leap gives George a buzz
IF you’re only as old as you feel, octogenarian George Kimlin was a sprightly young teenager at the weekend.
To celebrate his 80th birthday, Mr Kimlin leapt from a plane and and landed on The Strand in front of impressed friends and fellow Rotary Club of Mundingburra members.
Mr Kimlin said it was always something he had on his ‘‘bucketlist ’’ and thought his 80th birthday was as good a time as any to get it done.
‘‘ I had a few butterflies of course, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t,’’ he said. ‘‘ It was awesome. ‘‘ I certainly would do it again. . . but it was just one of those ‘ bucket list’ jobs and I’ve achieved that now, so I might move on to some- thing else.’’
While Mr Kimlin said bungee jumping might be too far out of his comfort zone, the jump had given him a renewed zest for life, making him eager to try other things he had not got round to doing.
‘‘ I’ll give almost anything a go for as long as the old ticker holds out,’’ he said.
Mr Kimlin said he hoped the jump showed age was no barrier and he encouraged younger people to make the most of life as well.
‘‘ I reckon if I was younger and sky-dived, I would be addicted to it,’’ he said.
‘‘ It was just a rush and then when the parachute came out, it was lovely and quiet. The view was just amazing.’’
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