IRENE SKY AND MIGHTY AS SHE CELEBRATES 101 YEARS
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.