Irene breaks age skydiving record
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 220km/hr through the clear blue sky.
Not yesterday’s swirling coastal wind, not the hip replacement from a year ago, nor her centenarian age could prevent Adelaide’s 101-yearold, Irene O’Shea, from becoming the world’s oldest female skydiver.
And she wasn’t even nervous. Instead, she smiled and waved at her 50-people-strong support crew of family and friends — including most of her five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren — as she boarded a Cessna 206 on route to 14,000ft and one giant leap into the record books.
Mrs O’Shea said after landing: “It was just terrific, but I’m glad my feet are planted firmly back on the ground.”
Yesterday’s jump was done purely in the name of charity, raising money for Motor Neurone Disease.
“I am doing this to raise money for MND — that’s the main thing, not for personal gain,” she said.
101-year-old Irene O'Shea takes a leap of faith yesterday