Birth­day leap gives Ge­orge a buzz

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Nathan Paull

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.’’

Photo: TROY RODGERS

THRILL: 80-year-old Ge­orge Kimlin ad­mit­ted he was ner­vous be­fore sky­div­ing with jump mas­ter Ja­son Cyran

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