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Jessica Watson's Voyage Around The World And Changing Of Australia's History

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Essay Question – How has Jessica Watson’s Trip around the World Inspired Young Australian’s to achieve their dreams and how has she changed Australian History through what a female has achieved?

On May 15th, 2010, one of Australia’s biggest celebrations occurred when Jessica Watson finished her glorious journey and sailed into the Sydney harbor. After setting sail at 9:30 am, October 18th 2009, Jessica Watson finally finished the voyage that had taken her 210 days and nights. Through her daring endeavour, and at the tender age of sixteen, she has inspired countless Australians and young people around the world to achieve their dreams. A youth, and female too and under the glare of critics around the world, Jessica would never realize until she completed her laborious 210 day long voyage, how she had filled every Australian’s heart with pride and proved once and for all, how you can achieve your dreams. After so long at sea, after such a daring endeavor, she could land back on Australian soil and say that she had changed Australia’s history. Even after all of Jessica’s hard work, her attempt was not even recognized.

Even before Jessica returned, she knew that her record would not be officially recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Sailing purists argued that Jessica did not deserve the record because she did not sail far enough north of the equator and was too young to hold a record, and these specific criteria must be met to earn credit for a full circumnavigation. Nonetheless, Jessica remained headstrong and had the willpower to complete her trip and come into the harbor with her head held high. She and the rest of the Australia knew what a feat she had achieved. When Jessica was asked about the status of her record or the lack of it and how she felt about it, she said, ''It's not something that worries me, there always have been and always will be some people who want to acknowledge the record. And for me it was never about the record. I'm not worried at all.'' Even through all the scorn and disdain of numerous officials, Jessica could still remain willful, and set the example and become the role model for so many young people around the globe. Jessica wasn’t sailing for name and fame, but for herself and her dreams. Jessica Watson, a female, has achieved so much, and for the very reason of being female, she has been under so much controversy.

"That's what I was labeled to begin with. I was just labeled a little girl, and the thing is you get judged by appearance." Jessica Watson certainly was getting judged by her appearance and was getting bombarded with criticism. Critics questioned Jessica’s ability and maturity, and whether her parents were doing the right thing in letting their daughter go. Despite the controversy, Jessica, supported by her family and manager, remained determined to embark on her voyage. Jessica Watson was a female, she was young, and very few people were giving her support, but Jessica was...

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