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Jessica Watson - Young Australian of the Year 2011

5 January 2012

 

By the time she sailed into Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, Jessica Watson was already a household name.  Completing her solo around the world journey at just 16 was a major triumph and it was no surprise eight months later when she was named Young Australian of the Year, further raising her public profile.  
Since then Jessica has taken part in several sailing races both in Australia and overseas, most recently completing the Sydney to Hobart, where she was skipper of the youngest ever crew to compete in the race, finishing second in her class and 37th overall. 
As Young Australian of the Year, Jess has fulfilled many speaking engagements, especially at schools where she is always enthusiastically welcomed. Dapto Primary School has even used her circumnavigation as the inspiration for an award-winning dance production!
‘Being the Young Australian of the Year has honestly been a real thrill and this past year is full of many good memories.  It’s also given me a platform to speak to young people all around the country and to help promote important things I believe in, like fighting world hunger via my role with the UN’s World Food Program.’ 
We’ll soon find out who will follow in her footsteps.

By the time she sailed into Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, Jessica Watson was already a household name. Completing her solo around the world journey at just 16 was a major triumph and it was no surprise eight months later when she was named Young Australian of the Year, further raising her public profile.  

Since then Jessica has taken part in several sailing races both in Australia and overseas, most recently completing the Sydney to Hobart, where she was skipper of the youngest ever crew to compete in the race, finishing second in her class and 37th overall. 

As Young Australian of the Year, Jess has fulfilled many speaking engagements, especially at schools where she is always enthusiastically welcomed. Dapto Primary School has even used her circumnavigation as the inspiration for an award-winning dance production!

‘Being the Young Australian of the Year has honestly been a real thrill and this past year is full of many good memories.  It’s also given me a platform to speak to young people all around the country and to help promote important things I believe in, like fighting world hunger via my role with the UN’s World Food Program.’ 

We’ll soon find out who will follow in her footsteps.

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