As old as you feel

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

IRENE O’Shea might be 101 years old, but her ad­ven­tur­ous spirit knows no age.

Yes­ter­day, she jumped into the Guin­ness World Record Books, be­com­ing the old­est wo­man to sky­dive, when she leapt from a plane with SA Skydiving tan­dem mas­ter, Jed Smith.

It was a 15-minute flight to reach the 4.5km above the earth, a 50-se­cond free-fall and a five-minute para­chute fall to­ward the earth.

Irene did what seemed the im­pos­si­ble: jump­ing out of a plane at an older age than any wo­man be­fore her.

She is an in­spi­ra­tion to any of us who have thought that we couldn’t do some­thing – that our age was hold­ing us back; that our bod­ies would let us down; that our bound­aries could no longer be fur­ther stretched.

And the fact Irene has done this while rais­ing money for to help find a cure for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease – which cru­elly took her daugh­ter’s life, aged 67, in 2008 – is an­other achieve­ment of which she should be in­cred­i­bly proud.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Irene – may we all take your lead and do some­thing to chal­lenge our­selves and make the world a bet­ter place at the same time.

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