Jessica Watson

photo: Kate Dyer

Round-the-world sailor

What advice would you give to young girls with big dreams?
I like to say be audacious, challenge yourself. I wasn’t naturally talented at anything, and I used to be really scared of the water. So, if an untalented, scared little girl can sail around the world on her own, doesn’t that say anyone could do anything?

What advice would you give your tween-age self?
I was always really serious. If I could go back, I’d probably tell myself to have a bit more fun. I’d also say, jump at the opportunity to make more friends. You can learn so much from other people.

Who inspires you?
My heroes are anyone who gives something a go, who doesn’t just sit there and do things because that’s the way they’ve always been done — anyone who tries something new and different.



JESSICA WATSON, OAM, was interviewed by Maya and Molly in issue 2.