HEAD STILL IN CLOUDS AT 101

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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”.

Pic­tures: BRYCE SELLICK, CALUM ROBERT­SON

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