88-year-old Port Kennedy thrill seeker takes plunge from a plane


88-year-old Jack Christie parachuting yesterday with the Rockingham Sky Dive team.
88-year-old Jack Christie parachuting yesterday with the Rockingham Sky Dive team.

FOR some, parachuting would be a fear-inducing experience.

But 88-year-old Port Kennedy resident Jack Christie thinks otherwise, saying it was something he had wanted to do for a long time.

Mr Christie was offered the gift of parachuting or hot air ballooning from his six children for his birthday; he decided on the thrill-seeking choice.

He went parachuting yesterday at Rockingham Sky Dive.

“The only time I felt a twitch of nerves was when we first left the plane, tossing around in the air a bit,” he said.

“However, I thought that was a bit silly and really nothing bad could happen and then I was good.”

The Bethanie Waters Retirement Village resident, who was married for 62 years, said it was always in the back of his mind to go parachuting.

“I never attempted to do anything about it until my family pitched in and made it all possible,” he said.

Mr Christie said parachuting wasn’t as scary as he thought.

“The wind was rushing past me and just about knocked my ears off but once we stopped the free fall I was okay,” he said.

“I would recommend it, even to the faint hearted.”

He described himself as the type of person who would have a crack at anything.

“I play a bit of tennis and golf every week and recently I’ve been doing competitions every Wednesday,” he said.

“I even have a go at bowls when opportunity arises.”

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