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Senior citizen still 'fit to fly'

Last Update: 28/06/2019

KUALA NERUS, June 28 (Bernama) -- Age is no barrier for senior citizen, Sim Meng Kwoon, to actively engage in extreme activities like paragliding.

The 77-year-old said he took up the sport to stay healthy and fit.

"To participate in the sport, our body needs to be healthy. So I always keep myself fit to make sure I can continue paragliding," he said when met by Bernama at the 'Open Fun Fly Paragliding Bukit Maras 2019' event here, today.

Sim, who hails from Singapore, was the oldest participant in the event, and has experienced over 100 glides over the past 22 years.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Paragliding Association (PLUT) secretary Anuar Ngah said the three-day event which began today has 67 participants from eight countries including Thailand, Singapore, France, the United States, and Malaysia.

The event provides participants with the opportunity to paraglide off Bukit Maras, which is 329 meters above sea level, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Terengganu including Pulau Kapas, which can be clearly seen during the daytime.

The event’s youngest participant, 11-year-old Pimnara Hannarongsak, meanwhile expressed her excitement over her first paragliding experience in Malaysia.

The native of Krabi, Thailand, said this was her fourth time taking the plunge since taking up the sport a year ago.

"At first, I was scared, so I needed to be accompanied by a 'pilot' (professional paraglider) to glide. But when I got into the air I felt excited, like a bird flying freely everywhere,” said Pimnara, who is now brave enough to fly on her own.

The event organised by PLUT in collaboration with the 'Maras Hiking Community' also provides an opportunity for the public to experience paragliding with the assistance of professionals for only RM150.




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