SKYDIVING WITH PARAPLEGIC
AND ALL ROUND LEGEND, JIMMY JAN
Jimmy Jan rocks a wheelchair after a skiing accident, however he rocks it better than anyone I’ve met before. I imagine it’s been hard at times for Jimmy, being in a wheelchair is not something you can avoid people noticing, however there are some many things about this young man that you should note.
He’s a medicine student, lover of life, young Aussie charmer and accidental TikTok sensation. While being bored, stuck up in hospitals, he started documenting life in a wheelchair on social media site TikTok.
I asked him if TikTok was a planned pathway, to which he responded it was predominently just to cure boredom and fill time. Well, turns out he’s pretty good at it, with creative editing, comedic content, but most importantly, a genuine relatability that lacks so intensely in the world of social media. As a result, Jimmy has become someone of an Australian celebrity on TikTok, amassing over 720,000 followers and tens of millions of views.
His most recent trip to South Australia, in partnership with the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) saw him tick off a heap of SA icons, including local wineries and attractions, before we took things to the next level, a much higher level.
Jimmy joined us with his sister Alli, who holds her solo skydiving licence. Mother nature turned on a beautiful day, with perfect weather conditions. Teaming up with SA Skydiving instructor Matt “Teags” Teager, Jimmy got ready for his skydive with the use of a dedicated leg harness, assisting Jimmy in having his legs raised and out of harms way for a smooth landing.
Instructor Nick Cross joined the plane to capture everything from an outside perspective, seeing Jimmy’s face light up in freefall was an absolute treat.
We won’t jump the gun on posting video content before Jimmy works his TikTok magic, however here’s a snap to give you a little teaser.
Thanks go to Jimmy and Alli for being such a real humans with an incredible outlook and passion for living this thing called life the way it’s supposed to be lived. Thanks go to the South Australian Tourism Commission for orchestrating and organising the jump and thanks go also to the team here at SA Skydiving for making another skydiving dream come true.
You can find Jimmy at @jimmyjan on TikTok