Seniors in Kalamunda and Swan View proving age is no barrier to indoor skydiving


Catherina Lechner at the IFly Indoor Skydiving Centre. Picture: Skydiving seniors
Catherina Lechner at the IFly Indoor Skydiving Centre. Picture: Skydiving seniors

SENIORS are proving that you’re never too old to fly after taking part in indoor skydiving this week.

Jenny Rutherford, who runs fun and fitness classes for over 50s at the Jack Healey Centre in Kalamunda and at Brown Park in Swan View, said the seniors were up for the challenge.

“My philosophy with my classes is that including exercise in your regular routine enables one to live life to the fullest and take on challenges that one never thought possible,” she said.

“As an ex-skydiver myself I decided to challenge my seniors to give indoor skydiving a go.

“My mum Catherina Lechner, Yvonne McCann (71), Helen Gallop (76), Beryl Della (78) and Terry McMullan (68) all bravely put up their hand to give it a go.

“I was super proud of my seniors as for many they had never attempted anything outside their comfort zone before and this was a massive achievement.”

On hand to guide the group was instructor Tayne Farrant, one of Australia’s best skydivers who has just returned from the world championships where he placed 6th.

At the age of 86, Midland resident Catherina Lechner said she was no stranger to extreme sports having snorkelled with sharks, tandem skydived at the age of 68 and tried her hand at gliding and abseiling.

“My daughter is very adventurous and I am a little bit too,” she said.

“I have always liked trying new things, it comes naturally to me.

“Indoor skydiving was fantastic and I am looking forward to doing more as well as trying ballooning and a helicopter ride.”

The fitness classes are held are at the Brown Park Recreation Centre on Thursdays at 10am and the Jack Healy Centre on Tuesdays at 9.45am.

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