IF EVIDENCE was needed that Jessica Fox had moved beyond her designated status as Penrith golden girl, last week provided it.
It was "all hail the conquering heroine" when she returned as a just-crowned world canoeing champion.
Within 36 hours of flying back from Europe, the almost-sleepless Fox had set a pending world record for media rounds.
There was ABC Breakfast, the Today Show, Alan Jones, a train trip into Central for ABC Grandstand, then 2UE, and it continued on to the weekend, including The Wide World of Sports.
As Fox said of the benefits of celebrity: "At least people don't confuse it as much with rowing as when we were kids."
The "it" is kayaking and canoeing and the "we" refers to Alison Borrows of Lapstone, also back from Europe and Jessica Fox's best friend.
Fox and Borrows were at Whitewater Stadium, where the local media had been fitted in as part of the rounds.
True to her too-good-to-be-trueness, Fox spoke little of her C1 world title or the other gold medals won on her three-month grand European tour.
She spoke of sharing it with her friend — that had been the highlight.
And like best friends, they completed each other's sentences, giggled at each other and switched topics mid-sentence.
Fox spoke of winning a team's gold medal with Borrows and Ros Lawrence.
"That was pretty special," and "she's the reason I'm paddling," of Borrows.
"It was not like a holiday but I trained with my best friend — that was pretty special."
Borrows hadn't won a gold medal but she'd made a world final and "it was a big step up. I'm pretty happy".
Fox interrupted by saying that her best friend had celebrated her 21st birthday in Prague. How had they celebrated? More giggles.
Borrows remembered following her siblings into paddling at the stadium: "It was big and scary".
Fox, who is 19, spoke of being a senior citizen in the Australian squad this time.
"In the past I was the youngest," she said, but not this time.
"That was pretty cool."
Fox spoke of winning the C1 world title but on the next day not making the final of the K1.
And yet this was the event in which she'd won a silver medal at last year's London Olympics.
"I was so happy but I was drained at the end of the day," she said of the let-down after winning the C1, of how she'd have to learn greater control.
For now there's post-Europe euphoria before the Australian Open in February and Penrith's hosting the world championships in April.
And two friends laughing in the sun, reliving their girls' own adventure.