Before you assume that Irene has a track record as a skydiver or a professional athlete, just don’t. According to her own statement, she’s not even an adrenaline junkie: she’s just a “regular person,” just a tad more advanced in years.
In fact, Irene went skydiving for the first time when she turned 100, which also marked her first world record. This month, she broke it, by taking her second jump, at 102. She did it with the SA Skydiving pilot she also took her first jump with, and he tells the media everything went smooth. Apparently, Irene is a pleasure to be with both on the ground and in the air. Not that there was any doubt to it.
“O’Shea jumped from 14,000 feet at SA Skydiving's Langhorne Creek Dropzone with instructor Jed Smith, a 24-year-old paramedic who she made her previous jumps with. The pair fell at about 136 mph before the parachute was deployed, according to SA Skydiving,” ABC News reports.
The jump was more than just for Irene’s ego: she did it to raise awareness for the disease that killed her daughter some years ago, motor neurone disease, and to raise money for the Australian association that offers aid in fighting it, the Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Australia.
Irene’s grandchildren and grand-grandchildren were all waiting for her on the ground, to congratulate her on her feat. Here’s how it went: