Cathy Freeman, aged 43, is a retired Olympic Gold Medallist. Ever since she was young, Freeman aspired to be a sprinter representing her country in the Olympics. In her primary school days, she could easily beat any competitor she faced in a race. Noticed by many, Freeman was awarded two scholarships. One to Fairholme College and another to Kooralbyn International School, both in Queensland. At Kooralbyn (1989) was where she was professionally was coached for the first time.
In 1990, Freeman competed in her first Commonwealth Games and came first as part of a 4×100 relay team. That is where she became the first Indigenous Australian to win gold at the Commonwealth Games. Then the next time she competed in the Games, she won first place for the 200 and 400 metre sprint. The 1992 Barcelona Olympics were Freeman’s first although in these games, she didn’t make it to the finals whereas in 1996 in the Atlanta Olympics, she won silver. Throughout these years, Freeman also managed to be awarded Young Australian of the year in 1990 and Australian of the Year in 1998.
She participated in many other races throughout her time, sometimes winning gold and other times not.
Freeman used many values. One of them was Freedom, as she always wanted to be an Olympic runner and she was able to fulfil her dream simply because she was free to do so.
Another was doing her best. Freeman obviously trained long and hard to accomplish participating in the Olympic Games and achieving this cannot be done without 100% of her effort.
She also used Integrity when she was either training or running her races. She had a goal to be the best she could be and she strived to carry out her dream of winning gold
This BTN report was about possibly moving Australia Day and all the history behind the occasion.
As you all know, Australia Day is on the 26th of January. This was established because in the late 1700’s, Britain was in need of a place to keep their prisoners and Australia was the perfect fit. So, they arrived aboard the First Fleet and took possession of the land. Seeing as the Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders had been living there for over 50 000 years with no real interruptions, seeing strange men arrive on a massive boat out of nowhere would be a bit confusing and scary. Not knowing anything about these people (who also happened to have guns) the Indigenous fought them, trying to protect their people and their land. Unfortunately, many of them lost their lives in this dispute.
Present Day, many, if not all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People don’t believe that Australia Day is worth celebrating. They see it as the day of grief and an invasion by white men. This is fair seeing as they lost a lot of their people on this day around 230 years ago. Also on or around Australia Day, many people protest and believe that the celebration should be moved to a different day so that the Indigenous people are able to mourn over and respect those who did lose their lives while fighting to protect their people.
There a many suggestions as to where to move Australia Day. Some say that January 1st would be a nice date seeing as this was when the first colonies of Australia decided to combine to become one, big country. Others suggest January 25th as it is the day before English settlement and the last day that Australia was only inhabited by indigenous people. Other options are ANZAC Day in April or Wattle Day in September although there are still plenty of people who believe that January 26th is perfect for this occasion.
Some things that I am still thinking about is WHETHER WE SHOULD MOVE AUSTRALIA DAY AND IF SO, WHEN TO?
This BTN report is about King John and the Magna Carta and the history behind it all.
King John was the ruler of England from 1199 to 1216. He wasn’t initially meant to be the king but he is the YOUNGEST SON IN HIS FAMILY and all his older brothers died, he was left with the throne. Early in King John’s reign, he LOST A LOT OF LAND IN FRANCE WHICH HE THEN TRIED TO WIN BACK BY FIGHTING EXPENSIVE WARS WITH HIS PEOPLE’S MONEY. Obviously the kingdom was upset with this and some of the barons formed an army and forced the king to listen to their complaints. From there, they negotiated some laws and rules that later became known as the Magna Carta. Even though KING JOHN AGREED TO THIS, HE STILL BROKE MANY OF THE LAWS. In doing so, his actions then started a civil war.
This story represented to many people that kings and queens don’t have all the power and that the subjects have a right to be respected. Also, the Magna Carta, through its time, managed to become British Law and some of it made it into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also helped Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the American Declaration of Independence. There is still a copy in Parliament House from 1297 to show that it is a document worth celebrating.
A question I am left with after finding out this information is if there are pieces or principles of the Magna Carta that apply to any other country’s laws.
“It’s strange… how calm we’re acting. Like nothing is happening. I guess we were expecting it,”
I look around at my two friends and grin. Soon I’ll never be able to do that again. I take in my surroundings. Appreciate it them one last time.
That’s when it starts. I feel the cool metal seeping through me, slowly stiffening up my legs. It then travels up my body. I can’t move anything from my chest down. I take one last breath before I’m left as a cold, silver statue, right next to my best mates.
Superboy woke from his sleep immediately. He ran to his window to see if the trouble was near. It was difficult to see at first but after his eyes adjusted to the darkness outside, Superboy could see the swirling of black, thick smoke and the flicker of an orange, red hot flame. It was obvious that the scream came from there. Before he could even think about it, Superboy had jumped through the open window and into the night sky, after all, it was his first instinct. From there, floating above his windowsill, Superboy went to save the day.