Break­ing the age cy­cle

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AGE does not stop North Beach’s Daryl Rap­ley from do­ing what he loves. The 70-year-old, who took up BMX rac­ing four years ago and also kite surfs, is an in­spi­ra­tion to other older peo­ple to keep ac­tive this Se­niors Week.

AGE was of no con­cern when Daryl ‘Daz’ Rap­ley (70) took up BMX rid­ing four years ago.

The North Beach res­i­dent, who is a keen kitesurfer, road cy­clist and swim­mer, joined West­side BMX Club in Bal­catta to spend more time with his son and two grand­chil­dren.

He is the old­est li­censed BMX rider in WA and pos­si­bly Aus­tralia.

“I just love be­ing in it with the kids,” he said.

“I was look­ing for some­thing to do when the sea breeze wasn’t blow­ing. This is al­ways ex­cit­ing.”

Mr Rap­ley has done many sports through­out his life, in­clud­ing motocross and go-kart­ing, and de­spite find­ing BMX rac­ing a lit­tle scary at first, en­cour­aged older peo­ple to give it a go.

“If you can ride a bike and are a lit­tle bit ath­letic, then you can ride BMX,” he said.

“I never was a par­tic­u­larly good ath­lete and you don’t have to be, just get out and do it.

“You get aches and pain as you get older… but the more (ac­tiv­ity) you do, you find you’re not so sore and the aches and pains aren’t so bad.”

Daryl’s son Dave, who is club vice-pres­i­dent, said his fa­ther in­spired him­self and many adult rid­ers at the club to con­tinue rid­ing.

He also en­joyed hav­ing three gen­er­a­tions to­gether on the track, and said his 11-year-old daugh­ter and eight-year-old son loved their grand­fa­ther be­ing in­volved.

“They love it. They’re so proud of him,” he said.

“The great thing about the sport is you don’t need to be rid­ing at an elite level to get started.

“He loved it straight away.”

Mr Rap­ley said while bro­ken bones could stop him “tem­po­rar­ily”, he had no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up the sport any­time soon.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d488428

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d488428

Sporty se­nior Daz Rap­ley en­cour­ages older peo­ple to give BMX rac­ing a go.

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