HEAD STILL IN CLOUDS AT 101
SHE held on tightly to her trusty walking stick as she walked toward the plane, but threw it away before boarding — she wouldn’t be needing it while freefalling at 220kmh. Neither yesterday’s coastal wind, nor a yearold hip replacement could prevent 101-year-old Irene O’Shea from becoming the world’s oldest female skydiver. And she wasn’t even nervous. Instead, she waved at her support crew of family and friends — including most of her five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Born on May 30, 1916, Mrs O’Shea, of Adelaide, said after landing: “It was just terrific, but I’m glad my feet are planted firmly back on the ground”.