Sunshine Coast sailor Jessica Watson celebrated being back in Australian waters with some squid - and Vegemite of course.
Sunshine Coast sailor Jessica Watson celebrated being back in Australian waters with some squid - and Vegemite of course.

Jessica 'shows true Qld spirit'

PREMIER Anna Bligh has paid tribute to Sunshine Coast teenager Jessica Watson, named 2011's Young Australian of the Year, labelling her a leading example of true Queensland spirit.

The Premier said Jessica was an inspiration to all Queenslanders characterised the heart of the state.

"Her 210-day odyssey to become the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world really does capture the character of our great state," Ms Bligh said.

"Jessica was prepared to face her knockers and unafraid to get back and have another go when all of the odds were against her.

"When she sailed into Sydney Harbour at the end of her journey last May, I doubt there was a dry eye in Queensland.

"She proved herself to have courage and determination beyond her years.

"It had been her dream since she was a young child and she made good on that dream.

"That's the same spirit we have seen and will continue to see as we recover from the most devastating natural disaster in our history."
 



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