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101-year-old D-Day veteran breaks world skydiving record


Verdun Hayes, 101 (and 38 days), leapt 15,000 feet from a plane in the UK this week to claim the Guinness World Record as the oldest person to skydive.

Former US President George H. W. Bush on his 90th birthday
Former US President George H. W. Bush on his 90th birthday

The great-grandfather made the tandem jump together with ten family members including his 74-year-old son, 50-year-old grandson and 16-year-old great-grandson.

Mr Hayes, who served in the British Army during the Second World War and was awarded France’s Legion of Honour, had wanted to try skydiving when he was 90, but was talked out of it at the time by his late wife. He finally made his first attempt last year at the age of 100.

He’s not the only senior to take up the sport though. Former US President George H. W. Bush has famously celebrated his 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays by skydiving.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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