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102-year-old Australian woman reclaims world record for oldest skydiver


After breaking the record last year – and losing it to a US man – South Australian woman Irene O’Shea has returned to the skies once more to regain the title.

You can watch the video here.

Ms O’Shea took the 14,000 foot leap last weekend with a SA Skydiving instructor watched by 50 family and friends – including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – but says she’s not an adrenaline junkie.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m the same as everyone else, just a normal person,” she said, according to the skydiving company.

Ms O’Shea, who did her first skydive at the age of 100 to celebrate her birthday, completed the jump to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease. Ms O’Shea’s daughter died from the disease 10 years ago.

She has since raised nearly $12,000 – a fantastic effort – and is now looking to raise another $10,000.

To find out more and donate, check out her GoFundMe page here.

Ms O’Shea and her instructor after the skydive. Credit: SA Skydiving.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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