After 210 days at sea, 16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson sailed into Sydney Harbour today to complete her solo and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe. She's the youngest person ever to make such a trip. Australia's ABC reports that thousands of cheering locals crowded the shore to welcome Watson, who, after taking her first steps on dry land in 7 months was later lauded with praise by Australian PM Kevin Rudd.
"At 16 years old, you are a hero to all young Australians," Rudd said. "You are also a hero to all young Australian women. You do our nation proud." An overwhelmed Watson drew cheers from the crowd at the Sydney Opera House by replying that she disagreed. "I don't consider myself a hero, I'm just an ordinary girl. You just have to have a dream, believe in it and work hard."
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