BC health minister completes "thrill of a lifetime" freefall

By James Peters
August 31, 2016 - 12:05pm Updated: August 31, 2016 - 11:12pm

KAMLOOPS — BC's health minister now has firsthand knowledge of the health benefits of jumping out of an airplane.

At the Thompson Rivers University Foundation Gala earlier this year, Terry Lake was the winning bidder for a tandem jump with Kamloops Skydivers Sport Parachute Club.

He took the plunge last week, and the club has now posted a video of Lake's adrenalin-pumping dive.

Video courtesy: Kamloops Skydive Club.

Lake says it was the thrill of a lifetime.

"What made it so great were the people at the Kamloops Skydiving Club. They were such professionals, so confident, and gave me confidence that it really wasn't scary at least until the point when I jumped, then it became very scary," explained Lake. 

The 60 year old Lake adds skydiving was a bucket list item.

"I've always to learn how to fly, and I've always wanted to jump out of an airplane," explained Lake. "When it was part of the TRU Foundation Gala, I thought, 'Here is the reason I'm going to do it, and I can't not do it after that." I'm so glad I did. I'd really encourage anybody to try it. It's such a thrill and one of those things that you'll remember forever."

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