Georgina Harwood: The Skydiver

Georgina Harwood may be 100, but she doesn’t act a day over 92. Then again, her 92 could just as easily pass for someone else’s 30. Don’t even try to outshine this South African great-grandmother’s birthday party. In March 2015, Georgina Harwood celebrated her 100th birthday by jumping out of a plane with 15 friends and family members, and followed it up by swimming with sharks. T he thrill-seeking granny completed her first tandem jump (skydiving while strapped to a professional) when she turned 92, in 2007. Being alive for a century is more than enough reason to have a wild birthday party, but Harwood also used her jump to raise money for South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute. She enjoyed some champagne and cake once she touched down in Cape Town, but her celebration didn’t stop there. Two days after the jump, she went cage-diving with great white sharks off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa, to bring awareness to overfishing practices.

Harwood’s motto is as inspiring as her enduring vitality: “Do it now! Whether it’s comfortable or uncomfortable, good or bad, relaxing or challenging – don’t delay.”