25 November 2016 - CATHY FREEMAN - Australian Champion




CATHY FREEMAN
- Australian Champion -

G'day folks,

Catherine Astrid Salome "Cathy" Freeman, OAM is an Australian former sprinter, who specialised in the 400 metres event. She would occasionally compete in other track events, but 400m was her main event. Here are some interesting facts on one of our best Aboriginal athletes.

Cathy Freeman burst into the Olympic spotlight at the 1996 Games - the first Aboriginal athlete to represent Australia. She competed in her first race at the tender age of six. Freeman became involved in athletics because she enjoyed running and winning races. Freeman has definitely proved that she is a winner on the track time and time again. Her youth involved running twelve laps barefoot around a grassy track on a regular basis. Freeman's mother used to encourage her to write out "I am the world's greatest athlete", an affirmation which was to ring true some years later. When she was thirteen years of age, Freeman told her school guidance counsellor that her vocational plan was to win an Olympic Gold. She won gold at the Commonwealth Games as part of the 4x100m relay team at the age of sixteen. In 1990, she was awarded the title of Young Australian of the Year and the following year she was awarded Aboriginal Athlete of the Year. 

 



Name: CATHY FREEMAN
Date of Birth: 16/2/1973
Place of Birth: Mackay, Australia
Height: 164 cm

Residence: Melbourne, Australia

Occupation: Athlete
Club: MTC
Events: 100m, 200m, 400m

Training Regime: Trains twice daily (except on Sundays); with her full-rest day on Saturdays

STATS: 100m / 11.24
200m / 22.25
400m / 48.63
 


Interests/Hobbies: Horse-riding, dancing, travelling, spending time with family and friends.

Describe yourself in five words: Honest, free-spirited, determined, courageous, loving

Greatest influence on her career: Parents

Role models: Raelene Boyle, Carl Lewis, Flo-Jo

Most memorable athletic meet: 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Best aspect about being an athlete: The general well-being especially physically which results in a high self esteem; travelling aspect is also fantastic.

Your dream career outside athletics: To be in an influential position in the media/TV industry

Pet-hates: Injustices, war and lack of respect for other people.

 


An important lesson life has taught you: Life is what you make of it!
Fave Sport (besides athletics): AFL Football
Fave Food: Pasta, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Seafood
Fave Smell: Red Roses
Fave Holiday Destination: Broome, Western Australia
Fave Band(s): Live, Savage Garden, Midnight Oil, Hoodoo Gurus
Fave Athletic Track: Monte Carlo

Freeman became the idol of all Australians when she won double gold at the Commonwealth Games in the 200m (also breaking the Australian record) and 400m events.

At the Grand Prix Final held in Paris, Freeman smashed her own Australian 400m record, running 50.04 behind Olympic Champion, Marie-Jose Perec.

Her form continued into Europe where she inflicted the first 400m defeat on Perec since the 1992 Olympics at Monte Carlo.

At the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Freeman who is extremely proud of her heritage, took her victory lap with the Aboriginal flag before taking one with the Australian flag. This ignited much discussion and raised awareness regarding Aboriginal and race relations.

 


Freeman ran a mighty race in Gothenburg to finish fourth in the 400m final and won a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay team. This was followed by wins in the IAAF Grand Prix circuit in Brussels. These performances secured Freeman the Number Two world ranking in 1995.

Freeman ran the race of her life at the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, becoming the sixth fastest woman ever over 400m, running a Commonwealth record and winning the silver medal behind Perec in perhaps the greatest one lap race of all time.

Freeman then firmly set her sights on the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where she won Gold in the 400m race retaining her title as the "Queen of the Track!"



Clancy's comment: I will always recall her win at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. 

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