A 50-year-old Australian just became the first woman ever to wingsuit over frigid and windy Antarctica at more than 100mph, with her husband by her side. Heather Swan does not only wingsuit, but she also is a skydiver a mountaineer as well as an inspirational speaker.
This female daredevil first got into extreme sports after she attended an inspirational lecture from extreme sports junkie and wingsuit record holder Dr. Glenn Singleman in 1995. 23 years later, Singleman is her husband and full-time adventuring partner.
According to their website, Glenn turned Heather's life completely upside down, and she loves it! She was not adventurous the type-- she was a corporate executive, yet today by following an active adventure lifestyle and a process to overcome irrational fear and build physical and emotional strength, she is an extreme sports athlete. She has studied fitness, nutrition, and meditation to further her ability to pursue bold adventures.
Now, the couple embarks on dozens of record-breaking stunts. In addition to setting the record for jumping out of the plane 12,000 feet above Union Glacier last month, they also performed the first and only wingsuit voyage of the Grand Canyon in 2015 and broke the record for the highest base jump in a wingsuit after they jumped from Mount Meru.
When Red Bull asked her whether women in sports encourage other females to participate, she said: “You want to see people like you doing it, and that becomes much more inspiring. Especially for the little girls.
“When I was growing up, we only saw men doing sports, competing in the media. It’s still the case in extreme sports, and if you look at the major news channels. I think that does have a huge impact,” she added.
Glenn and Heather are recipients of many awards, including 'The Spirit of Adventure' Medal from Australian Geographic. They have been featured three times on 60 Minutes, twice on Australian Story, in the recent international documentary A Search for Freedom, and in countless other media stories about their adventures and philosophy.
Citing the jump as their greatest feat to date, Heather admitted that Antarctica had always been a dream of theirs. She added that flying in a wingsuit above that landscape was really a magical experience and that it was her favorite jump in 18 years of skydiving. Heather added that it is even more special as she got to share it with the person she loves the most in the world-- her husband Glenn.