LIMERICK'S Mr World Kamal Ibrahim clocked up his 200th parachute jump at the weekend, allowing him to add the qualification of professional skydiver to his growing list of accomplishments.
The Thomondgate heart-throb's skydiving feat is particularly impressive given he had a brush with death over the Florida coast late last year, when he was "six or seven seconds" from death after his parachute failed to deploy at 3,000 feet.
However, thankfully the parachute did open in the end, and the reigning Mr World put that incident firmly behind him. After achieving 153 jumps while he was in Florida, he returned to Ireland and has steadily built up the remaining jumps, and was at 198 before the final jumps, which took place over Edenderry on Sunday.
"Yes I hit the 200th jump on Sunday, I am now at 'C-licence' standard and could compete and basically do whatever I want now," Kamal confirmed to the Limerick Chronicle with a smile.
The Limerick man said he is still focused on attempting two amazing skydiving stunts this year. He intends to jump out of a helicopter and also to break the Irish record for the highest skydive, from 30,000 feet. Both stunts are in aid of children's charity, The Variety Club of Ireland.
"I still want to go ahead with the two stunts, the helicopter jump and the record for the highest sky dive in Ireland," explained Kamal. "If I can do the helicopter one this month it would be great, I want to dangle from the helicopter and it will be a bit of a spectacle.
"I am waiting for clearance from the Irish Aviation Authority on that one, and have given them three potential locations over Dublin." He added: "The record jump, if I can do it this year, that is a personal goal that I have set for myself, but I need to find a plane that will take me to 30,000 feet".
Kamal is now gearing up to head to America, London and Australia in March, where he will attend the Australian Grand Prix along with Ms World.