“I want to be a positive role model, especially for kids and Aboriginal people… When people see me, often all they see is another Australian athlete having a go. It isn’t until they see the full Cathy Freeman picture that they realise how proud I am of my ancestry and heritage. I’d like a little more tolerance and acceptance of my culture and all the differing cultures that make up Australia.” – Cathy Freeman, Australian of the Year, 1998.
During the 2000 Sydney Olympic Game it seemed that everyone was glued to their television screens, especially Australians. The entire country, the Olympic community, judges and athletes were anticipating something special from an inspirational young Australian named Cathy Freeman. It only took 49 seconds for her to win the 400 metres women’s final against the backdrop of great expectation and a lifetime of hardwork to become one of Australia’s greatest athletes.
Freeman was the first Aboriginal to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and over a ten year period would grow and mature with her climatic win in Sydney. She has inspired young Australians ever since with her triumph! She is also a champion of racial equality, health and educational causes for the Indigenous communities of Australia.
Below is a short clip about her greatest moment. Enjoy!