Daredevil granny

2015-07-01 06:05
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Sandra Perrins taking the plunge.

PHOTO: supplied Sandra Perrins taking the plunge.

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SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD resident of Pointsettia Park Retirement Village, Sandra Perrins, recently showed that she might be old, but she is definitely yet cold. During a recent outing to Oribi Gorge on the South Coast, with the South African Association for Retired Persons (SAARP), Perrins­ decided to go on the “heaven” swing.

Situated at the top of Lehrand#039;s Waterfall, it is the highest swing in the world. “Hurl yourself off the edge of the waterfall and swing into the gaping depths of the gorge - 165m (55 storeys high),” states the Wild5adventures website.

“Since I was small, I always wanted to bungee jump, but I was rejected thrice because I weighed too little,” said Perrins. “The heaven swing is like a bungee, but you are not strapped by the ankles. Instead you are fastened in a full body harness.

“When we got there, I thought about it first and asked the guide how I could watch first and then asked if I would hit the rocks, and he said no I won’t. Once I paid, I had to do it,” Perrins said.

“I think I got a bit fearful until I got to the edge. A rope pulls you to the edge and a guide holds on to you. I told the young guide to just hold on for a little longer. He told me to jump sideways and not directly in front of me as it gives you a good swing,” she adds.

“Actually he counts and then gives you a bit of a push. The scariest moment was on the edge, but thereafter the view was good, I really enjoyed it. Then you are hauled back up. Going up is great, I was hoping to see and eagle sweeping down, it is so picturesque,” Perrins says.

The next on her bucket list is to “swim or be in the water with dolphins and touch and feel them”, maybe on her visit to her son in Australia.

To view Perrins jump, visit the Amanzimtoti Fever facebook page

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