Newshound conquers fear of heights as Everest bid nears
RADIO journalist Teena Gates conquered her fear of heights yesterday as she abseiled down the Dublin Wheel to raise funds for street children in Calcutta.
The 43-year-old 98FM head of news descended the 60-metre structure at the Point Village in less than five minutes with the help of two Dublin Coast Guard volunteers and 'Work at Height' trainer Mike O'Shea.
"To my astonishment I thoroughly enjoyed it," she told the Irish Independent.
Her daring descent down the giant ferris wheel is just one of the hurdles she has recently overcome.
After realising she was "looking death in the face" due to obesity, the feisty newshound shed 10 stones and went from a size 32 to size 12 in just one year after weighing in at a dangerous 23 stone. She also overcame chronic back pain and had a gallbladder removed during her period of transition and is now literally ready to climb Mount Everest.
Ms Gates will join 'Fair City' actress Jenny Kavanagh and adventurer Pat Falvey as part of the Hope Challenge celebrity climb to Mount Everest base camp in October.
She hopes to raise €10,000 for the Hope Foundation.