Cathy Freeman Biography

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