IRENE SKY AND MIGHTY AS SHE CEL­E­BRATES 101 YEARS

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

SHE held on tightly to her trusty walk­ing stick as she walked to­wards the plane, but threw it away be­fore board­ing. She would not be need­ing it while freefalling at 220km/h through the clear blue sky above Lake Alexan­d­rina in South Aus­tralia.

Nei­ther a swirling wind nor the hip re­place­ment from a year ago could pre­vent Ade­laide’s 101year-old Irene O’Shea from be­com­ing the world’s old­est fe­male

sky­diver yes­ter­day. She was not even ner­vous, wav­ing to fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing most of her five grand­chil­dren and 11 great grand­chil­dren, as she boarded a Cessna 206.

Born on May 30, 1916, Mrs O’Shea said af­ter land­ing: “It was just ter­rific, but I’m glad my feet are planted firmly back on the ground.”

The sky­dive has been post­poned five times since July by bad weather and strong winds yes­ter­day caused a four-hour de­lay.

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