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Age no barrier to a full life, daredevil clergyman says: The Church of England Newspaper, November 18, 2012 p 7. November 21, 2012

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St George’s Cathedral, Perth

An 85-year old clergyman has rappelled down the side of the 131 foot bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Perth to demonstrate that age is no barrier to leading an active live.

The Rev. Tim Harrison, an assistant priest at the cathedral and chaplain to the local Royal Marines and Airborne Associations, said the last time he had rappelled had been in 1944 during the Second World War.

He told the Sun-Herald, “All my life I have put my faith in Jesus Christ – but for the last ten minutes it has been with the Mick upstairs,” referring to the abseiling instructor from outdoor activity specialists, Adventure Out.

“It is a question of trust. You trust your gear and you trust your mate, and that also goes for life. I have had some good mates and I have had some good gear.”

The abseil was organised by Amana Living, a local community care provider in Western Australia to mark the state’s Seniors which seeks to challenge negative stereotypes about aging.

“Driving around Australia gets a bit boring the third time round, so what are you going to do with yourself,” Mr. Harrison asked.

“This reminds me I am still quite young – although I am a bit stiff. Maybe same time next year,” he told the newspaper.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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