FLYING HIGH: Mullumbimby High School Year 7 student Kailah Zylstra turns upside down while chapel-swinging at Camp Koinonia in Evans Head.
FLYING HIGH: Mullumbimby High School Year 7 student Kailah Zylstra turns upside down while chapel-swinging at Camp Koinonia in Evans Head. Samantha Elley

Swashbuckling campers swing through chapel window at Evans

MOST people go to chapel to pray, attend a wedding, baptism or even a funeral.

Rarely would it be to get on a rope and swing almost through the stained-glass windows.

Unless, of course, you are at Camp Koinonia in Evans Head.

As part of a range of activities for campers, swinging in the chapel has got to be one of the more unique.

Year 7 students from Mullumbimby High were testing their acrobatic fortitude when The Northern Star visited.

Each student had two goes after being strapped into a harness and hauled metres into the air.

With a pull on the "ejector rope" they were catapulted towards the open stained-glass window, before swinging back. As each student got more daring, the height from take-off increased and the upside down positions became more frequent.

"It felt really fun," excited student Kailah Zylstra said.

"It was scary when you drop and you get all shaky afterwards."

While this "blessed" activity is included in most camps, weekend groups of 15 can also organise a heavenly swing by phoning the camp on 6682 4329.



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