World’s oldest female skydiver Dilys Price dies

World's oldest female skydiver Dilys Price dies
Dilys Price setting her Guinness World Record for the oldest female solo parachute jump. Source: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
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Daily US Times: The world’s oldest female skydiver, Dilys Price, has died aged 88.

The former teacher was scared of heights when she did her first jump in her fifties.

But she went on to complete hundreds of parachute jumps across the world, and set the Guinness World Record for the oldest female solo parachute jump.

Dilys Price also founded the Touch Trust charity championing creative and art movement programmes for disabled people.

Learning Disability Wales said she “transformed the lives of thousands of people with profound multiple disabilities and people with autism”.

Ms Price, the former Cardiff College of Education lecturer told BBC Wales in an interview in 2018: “Skydiving is my passion, there you have the ultimate beauty of the sky… you just feel so free.”

After taking up the sport when Ms Price was 54, she went on to complete over 1,139 solo jumps all over the world.

Ms Prince was no ordinary skydiver – with a background in dance and drama, she specialised in air acrobatics and freestyling.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where Ms Price was an honorary fellow, said she was a “remarkable, amazing and inspiring” woman.

“Very very sad that my Aunt ⁦@DilysPriceOBE⁩ has passed away. She touched many with her incredible personality and truly lived life to the full. An inspiration to all. Truly grateful that I got to call her my Aunt. We will miss you,” Mark James Parry tweeted.

She set the Guinness World Record for the oldest solo parachute jump (female) at the age of 80.

She sold her parachute at the age of 86, but went on to do a tandem skydive with former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas.

In 2003, she was awarded an OBE for services to people with special needs, and was honoured for her work at the Pride of Britain awards in 2017.

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