Jane McDonald left ‘shaking and unable to breathe’ as skydiving training takes nightmare turn | The Sun

A FUN activity in Jane McDonald’s latest travel show, Cruising with Jane McDonald: Down Under, left the presenter in distress as she was shaking and unable to breathe. 

In her latest travel series, the 60-year-old presenter has met with all manner of creatures like koalas and wombats and tried out some pretty daring activities while in Australia. However, one particular activity – indoor skydiving – took a nightmare turn for Jane. 

Jane kicked off Episode 1 expecting to be learning how to surf in the cool blue waters of the Gold Coast. But bad weather in Surfers Paradise hampered her plans to ride the waves, and she had to find a new activity to try out. 

She headed over to the nearest indoor skydiving centre, where she watched as plenty of people were defying gravity in a huge clear cylinder. 

Jane tried to psych herself up for her turn, but admitted: “That’s pretty scary stuff.

“I’m at an age now where, you know, the bladder’s not very good! So anything can happen in there, really!”


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The 14,000 freefall “frightens the pants off me,” she added. 

However, Jane put her best foot forward and decided to give it a go, getting suited up in a long blue jumpsuit. 

Jane was the first in her group to try out the zero-gravity simulator with the help of her “hunky” instructor, but she didn’t remain in the cylinder for long. A voice over from the presenter explained that something was wrong, before the episode cuts to Jane taking a break from skydiving outside. 

Speaking to the cameras, Jane explained why she was struggling. 

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“It’s the breathing I can’t do,” she said, adding, “I’m absolutely shaking. I couldn’t breathe.”

Jane was visibly shaken up from the incident, but decided to give skydiving another go once she was equipped with a special full-face helmet which would help her breathe. 

“This is just something else. I’m so pleased I had another go,” Jane said in a voiceover as viewers watched her soar to new heights. 

“I’m even more pleased I didn’t have a drink last night,” she added jokingly as she spun around in the cylinder, before safely returning to the ground. 

“That was amazing … I felt like Peter Pan,” Jane gushed afterward. 

She offered a final word of advice and encouragement to viewers who might be wanting to try indoor skydiving. “As soon as I asked for [the helmet] with the vizor on, I was absolutely fine. So if you’re going to have a problem, stop and say I’m uncomfortable with something.

“Now, I could go back in there and do it all day. It was absolutely brilliant,” she gushed. 

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Down Under is available to stream on My5.

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