A 102-year-old Australian woman has become the oldest skydiver in the world. She took this jump to raise awareness for the disease that killed her daughter as she took the plunge from more than 14,000 feet.
Irene O’Shea, completed her landing in front of close to 50 family and friends. In the process, she took the title from Kenneth Meyer of New Jersey.
Ms O’Shea was born on May 30, 1916 – turned 102 years and 193 days yesterday. She was 21 days older than Mr Meyer who completed his jump last year.
O’Shea’s daughter died of motor neurone disease years ago, according to SA Diving. So in respect and memory of her daughter – Irene O’Shea thought that this year’s skydiving was the perfect opportunity to raise the awareness for the disease.
She has so far raised close to $12,000 for Motor Neurone Disease, which her daughter Shelagh died from at the age of 67.
After landing, Ms O’Shea said she had no fear heading into her third jump in as many years.
“I felt normal, about the same (as previous jumps),” she said.
“I was with the same partner (Jed Smith) and the same young fellas were in the plane with me. It was very clear up there and the weather was good but it was very cold up there,” she added.