An 83-year old grandmother says she is 'still on a high' after jumping 10,000 ft from an aeroplane on her first skydive last weekend.
Annette Callan from Ardee, Co. Louth has already signed herself and her family up for a solo jump next year and is contemplating climbing Croagh Patrick again, after making her debut at the summit in just 90 minutes, to mark her 80th birthday.The octogenarian who regularly cycles 20km treks and is able to stand on her head during 6.30am daily yoga sessions raised over €1000 for the Ardee Hospice by completing the skydive with the Irish Parachute Club at Edenderry, Co. Offaly last Sunday."I was a bit nervous at the house before I left but then I was fine," she said.
"I get up early and do some yoga before heading off on the bike for a 20km spin four or five times a week. Then it's off to collect the grandchildren from school and take care of them until their parents come home from work
"I do the homework and might even play a bit of soccer with them. The children keep me young. I hate being around complainers."
The cold and wet weather doesn't stop Annette from getting out and about and she revealed a handy tip to keep the circulation moving.
"If it's cold, I'll heat two potatoes in the microwave and pop them in my gloves to keep my fingers warm before heading off.
"I think the secret is to keep moving and not to give up. I'm a very strong minded person and I won't let anything beat me - so bring on the next challenge," she chuckled.