Travels from: Victoria
The youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world
Categories: Adventure & Challenge, Inspirational, Motivational Speakers, Sports Heroes
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
As one of the youngest persons to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted across the globe, Jessica Watson has achieved a remarkable goal. An adventurous and inspiring speaker, Jessica encourages her audience to draw on and achieve their dreams.
Inspired by Kay Cottee, the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the globe, and Jesse Martin, the youngest person to do so, Jessica set her eyes on beating Jesse’s achievement. When she sailed back into Sydney harbour in 2010, Jessica had history.
In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Young Australian of the Year title for her extraordinary efforts. In the same year, she skippered the youngest crew ever to compete in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, ultimately finishing second in their category
In 2012, Jessica received an Order of Australia Medal for services to sailing and being a role model for the youth of Australia.
The theme of our conference was Inspire to Lead. Jessica certainly fulfils that theme in what she has achieved in her life to date. Her story of determination and following her goals and dreams was truly motivating for us all. The confidence she displayed combined with her charming personality was fully visible in her most entertaining presentation. Jessica explained that whilst she was the figurehead of the effort, she would not have been able to achieve success without planning and backing by a professional support team. Everyone present was left feeling that if you believe in yourself and your support team nothing is impossible.
Jessica has been an outstanding key-note speaker. Warm, authentic and well prepared. Jessica has spoken several times for us to a variety of audiences and each time the room has been captivated with her compelling story. I highly recommend her for any speaking event.
Thank you for your time and sharing your experiences. Your story is truly inspiring and really resonated with the team to help push us out of our comfort zones and take on the challenges ahead of us. I really valued the time you spent with us, and the open discussion with the team was humbling and extremely motivating.
IBM Australia & New Zealand