Cathy Freeman

Sarah Byrnes

Childhood & Early Life

Cathy freeman was born in Mackay, Queensland, Australia 16th of February 1973.her father is Norman freeman and her mother is Cecilia freeman. she also has four siblings Gavin, Garth and Norman and a sister Anne Marie. Her parents got divorced in 1978. when she was eight,she won her first gold medal at the school athletics championship. In 1988, she received a scholarship to Fairholme College in Toowoomba. Until 1989 her coach was her step father Bruce barber. Later she attended kooralbyn international school to get professional training under romanian coach mike danila.

Career


After winning a gold medal in the 4X100 m relay at the Auckland Commonwealth Games, she shifted to Melbourne in 1990. With this win, she became the first female Australian Aboriginal to win a gold medal at an international athletics event.
The year 1994 was an important point in her sports career. This year marks her entrance into the world’s elite for the first time in her life. She participated at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada. For her outstanding performance in this competition, she bagged gold medals in the 200 m and 400 m. She also took part in Australia’s 4x 100 m squad for which she won the silver medal. As a result of injuries, she took a break for the 1998 season and returned back to the track in 1999.
After her return in 1999, she achieved success in each 400 m which included the World Championships. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, she competed with her rival Marie-Jose Perec of France and won the Gold medal by finishing the race in 49.13 seconds.

Awards

1998-Australian of the year

2000-Australian sports medal

2001-Centenary medal

2001-Medal of the order of Australia

2001-Olympic order from Juan Antonio

2001-Laureus named Freeman sports women

2003-Deadly Awards-Female sports person of the year

How Cathy Freeman became famouse

She is an Aboriginal Australian. At the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Canada, she won both the 200 meter and 400 meter run. After winning her first Gold, she ran a victory lap carrying both the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag. She was chastised by the chief of Australian team and told not to do it again. After winning her second gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, she again ran a victory lap with both flags. The Australian public loved it, with polls showing that 3 out of 4 people agreed with her actions. Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating made comments favourable of Freeman's actions. But she was still criticised by the Australian Commonwealth Games officials. In 1997, she was named Australian of the Year, a very prestigious honour. She was selected to light the torch at the 2000 Games at Sydney. When she won her gold medal she became the only person in Olympics history to light the torch and win a gold medal at the same Games.