BY: SINEAD MULHERN
Georgina Harwood just turned 100. For her birthday, she decided to take the celebrations to the extreme. When she turned a century old, she went skydiving. Two days later, she swam with sharks.
Her skydive took place in South Africa above Cape Town. It was a group dive. The elderly woman’s stunt was observed by family and friends. It wasn’t about crossing the daring activity off her bucket list—she also took the leap at 92. This year though, she took on skydiving to raise money to buy life jackets for the National Sea Rescue Institute.
If jumping from great heights got her heart racing, she had a two-day recovery to prepare for her next feat: cage diving with sharks. This time, family in the cage accompanied Harwood when she was lowered into the ice-cold waters of Gansbaai. Gansbaai is known as being the great white shark capital of the world and has become a hot place for visitors to enjoy outdoor adventures sports. Basically, tourists who seek out Gansbaai are there for an adrenaline-pumping agenda.
The Telegraph reported that afterwards, she said it was an incredibly special experience in her life. “I just can’t compare it to anything else,” she said.
She also said that she felt sharks are having a harder time as they’re being affected by overfishing in our oceans.