Saturday 25 February 2017

Gutsy Irish granny (80) celebrates milestone birthday with a Sydney skydive at 13,000ft

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Joan Smyth (80) from Bangor in Co Down, took part in a skydive in Sydney, Australia to raise funds for charity.
Joan Smyth (80) from Bangor in Co Down, took part in a skydive in Sydney, Australia to raise funds for charity.

A wild Irish granny spent her eightieth birthday by jumping out of a plane at 13,000ft.

Joan Smyth (80) from Bangor in Co Down, took part in a skydive in Sydney, Australia to raise funds for charity.

Take a look at this: a granny from Bangor has celebrated her 80th birthday by doing a skydive in Australia. Joan Smyth, who is losing her sight to glaucoma, said she wanted to do the 4km jump so she could see the world from a bird's eye view before her vision deteriorates further and to also raise some money for charity.

Posted by BBC Newsline on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The brave granny was joined by her adrenaline-seeking granddaughter Rachel.

A video of Joan’s skydive featured on BBC Newsnight where she spoke about the experience.

“Gosh, when I felt myself falling out I thought ‘oh, I don’t know if I like this or not’,” Ms Smyth said after her skydive.

“But it was fine. The bit I didn’t like so much was the turning in the air but we got there in the end, didn’t we?”

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