World's oldest female skydiver dies aged 88
World’s oldest female skydiver dies aged 88: ‘Inspirational’ Cardiff pensioner who completed 1,139 solo parachute jumps after starting aged 54 is remembered as ‘force for good’
- Retired teacher Dilys Price achieved her solo skydive record in 2013
- She had said she couldn’t ‘imagine life’ without skydiving
- She founded the charity Touch Trust for people with learning disabilities
The World’s oldest female skydiver dies aged 88, after completing 1,139 solo parachute jumps.
Retired teacher Dilys Price, from Cardiff, was 80 years old when she became the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest female solo parachute jump in 2013.
After her first skydive aged 54, daredevil Price went on to complete more than 1,139 solo parachute jumps all over the world.
Price became the Guinness World Record holder for the oldest female solo parachute jump in 2013
The ‘inspirational’ retired teacher is remembered as ‘force for good’
She was the founder the charity Touch Trust for people with learning disabilities
Although she was terrified of heights before her first jump, she tried it for a good cause – she then said she couldn’t ‘imagine life without it’.
Using her background in dance, she also founded the charity Touch Trust, which provides creative movement programmes for people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable groups in the community.
As a result of her charity work, Price was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to people with special needs.
She also received a special recognition award at The Pride of Britain Awards 2017.
Her nephew Mark James Parry paid tribute to Price on social media.
He said on Twitter: ‘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.’
After trying skydiving for the first time at 54, Price went on to complete more than 1,139 solo parachute jumps all over the world
Meanwhile, Cardiff Metropolitan University, where Price was an honorary fellow, called her a ‘force for good’.
The university said on Twitter: ‘We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Dilys Price.
‘An Honorary Fellow and true friend to the University, Dilys was a force for good and an inspiration to us all. We send our condolences to the family.’
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