A woman has stunned the world by the becoming the oldest person ever to
skydive at the really old age of 102. She celebrated her birthday by
leaping out of a plane 14,000 feet in the air.
Irene O’Shea took the plunge to celebrate her
102nd birthday and raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (Lou Gehrig ’s
disease), which took her daughter’s life years ago.
O’Shea’s third time partaking in the daring activity with SA Skydiving,
which describes the Australian woman as “an absolute joy to have in the
On Dec. 9, O’Shea and her three-time instructor boarded a plane for
takeoff. After going over the safety measures, the two completed a
“smooth, beautiful freefall” that ended with a “perfect” landing near
excited friends and family.
Fox News reports that when a local news station asked O’Shea about being an adrenaline junkie, she replied, “As far as I’m concerned I’m the same as everyone else, just a normal person.”
first person to celebrate a milestone birthday with such an adventurous
activity. When Michigan woman Dottie Sambiagio turned 90 in August, she
was inspired to follow in George H. W Bush’s footsteps and take the
plunge, literally, by going skydiving. She described the experience as