On the surface I see Jessica Watson as a well adjusted teenager who had made a studied review of all the possibilities of her intended sailing around the world adventure. although I might see it as an opportunist thingy, meaning few others being enriched with the time wealth and backing as this talented -and Pretty young lady was afforded. Her overwhelming reception on her return to Sydney brought her and her well wishers to tears, and was a great moment for all to reflect upon.
But of OZ boy Number one our PM Kevin Rudd had to shove his snout in the glory trough , his impromptu speech? which he was continually looking down at to refer to, was his speech writers glory and hero twaddle which was corrected by Jessica Watson Who echoed my own opinion when she replied to the PM that She may be referred to as a great achiever but '\"Mr PM I am not a Hero, That is something reserved for people who put their lives on the line for their Country."
However, no doubt we shall continue to listen to the journalistic crap relating to over paid sporting Icons being called heroes whose greatest achievements are a large bank balance or a gold medal whereas the real heroes who gave their all - their life to their country are awarded the 'Victoria Cross' Which incidentally is made of Bronze, So future third place bronze Olympic winners take heart, you may not be an Olympic, hero but you tried your best and gave it your all,as did those who gave their lives for their country.