Dilys Price: oldest skydiver in the world dies

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Media captionDilys Price said she felt free when she jumped planes all over the world

A woman who became the world’s oldest parachutist has died aged 88.

Former teacher Dilys Price, of Cardiff, was afraid of heights when she made her first jump in her 50s.

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

She also founded the Touch Trust charity which advocates for arts and creative movement programs for people with disabilities.

Learning Disability Wales said it “has transformed the lives of thousands of people with multiple severe disabilities and people with autism”.

In 2018 Ms Price told BBC Wales: ‘Skydiving is my passion, there you have the ultimate beauty in the sky… you feel so free. ”

After starting the sport at 54, she has completed more than 1,139 solo jumps around the world.

She was no ordinary skydiver – with a background in theater and dance, she specialized in aerial acrobatics and freestyling.

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Dilys Price sets Guinness World Record for oldest solo female parachute jump


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

Mark James Parry tweeted: “Very very sad that my aunt @DilysPriceOBE has passed away. She touched a lot with her amazing personality and truly lived life to the fullest. An inspiration for all. Really grateful that I can call her my aunt. . We will miss you. “

The 80-year-old former Cardiff College of Education lecturer set the Guinness World Record for the oldest solo (female) parachute jump.

At 86, she sold her parachute, but continued to do a tandem parachute jump with former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas.

She received an OBE for Services to People with Special Needs in 2003 and was honored for her work at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2017.

In 2018, she was included on a list of the 100 Women Who Influenced Welsh Life.

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Media captionDilys Price said she was ‘amazed’ to be included on a list of the most influential Welsh women

In 2018, Ms Price, who went on to model for Helmut Lang, said she wanted to inspire older people to stay active.

She said, “We only have one chance to live”.



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