“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!

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.


  1. Cathy Freeman running the celebratory lap with the indigenous flag still gives me chills.


  2. I love Cathy Freeman! I saw her ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ episode and it was so moving.


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