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Jessica Watson set to be Ballina Aust Day ambassador

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Solo sailer Jessica Watson is coming to Lennox Head for Australia Day. (wikipedia)

Jessica Watson, who sailed around the world when she was just 16 years old, has been announced as the Australia Day ambassador for Ballina shire this year.

Ms Watson captured the hearts of her fellow Aussies when she sailed into Sydney Harbour on 15 May 2010, having achieved her dream of sailing around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted.

Now she is also a best-selling author, documentary maker, the subject of a feature film and an inspiring and in-demand speaker.

‘I’m looking forward to coming to the beautiful Ballina Shire and sharing my story on Australia Day,’ Ms Watson said.

The Ballina Shire Council is holding its Australia Day celebrations at the Lennox Community Centre, starting at 10 am.

The day kicks off with a smoking ceremony, welcome to country, citizenship ceremony,
music performances, ambassador’s address, and the announcement of the Australia Day Awards.

Nineteen nominations have been received across the categories of Sports, Young Citizen, Senior Citizen, Community Event and Local Hero. The Awards will recognise all nominees as well as the winner for each category before announcing the Ballina Shire Citizen of the Year.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Isn’t that the minor,
    who was put aboard a remote controlled boat ,that collided with an oil tanker ,within hours of setting out ,but still no responsible adult could be found to put an end to this dangerous and ill-advised publicity stunt ?
    G”)

  2. No Ken,
    Jessica was not PUT aboard. Jessica dreamed, then planned and made that dream come true. She helped with every single stage of the planning. Yes I believe there was some luck thrown in as her journey could have been a lot worse and could have had a very different ending. But, BUT, it was her journey and no one else’s. Many explorers in history were children, many kings and queens, rulers of countries, children. Inventors, you name it, many young people have had the dream, the drive, the bravery to attempt the unknown and it was never any one elses business but their own! It is only the media sensationalism and the social media that allows others to post an opinion when really, who is to say no responsible adult could be found. Of course they were there! Of course they were afraid for their child’s life! Of course they are responsible and guided their child to be able to follow their dream, while taking every step possible to ensure she could under take the task with the help of experienced sailors, weather men, women and builders alike. Well done Jess on your new Australia Day task. It is so great to see you continuing to take part in public speaking, writing and documentary film making. You have come so far since that young girl with a massive dream. We are enormously proud of you ???

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