Cathy Freeman. A BIOGRAPHY by EJ. Why she is famous?.
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Cathy Freeman A BIOGRAPHY by EJ
Why she is famous? • In 2000 her image was beamed into millions of homes around the world when she became the first competing athlete to be invited to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. She then went on to win the gold medal in the 400m - her dream had come true.
the early years • Catherine memories of her early childhood were ones of having a lot of fun running around and playing with her siblings and friends. From an early age she realised that she not only loved to run, but that she was good at it. • Catherine (Cathy) Astrid Salome Freeman was born on 16th February in Mackay, Queensland. Catherine is Greek for ‘pure’, Astrid, German for ‘star’ and Salome is Hebrew for ‘Peace’.
Achievements / career • She became the first female Australian Aboriginal to win a gold medal at an international athletics event. • 1990 Commonwealth Games, Auckland, New Zealand - Gold 4 x 100 metres relay team. • 1991 awarded Young Australian of the Year • 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain - Cathy Freeman become the first Australian Aboriginal to represent Australia at an Olympics • 1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria, Canada – Gold in the 200m and 400m. • 1996 Olympics Games Atlanta, USA – silver medal and personal best 48.63 seconds. • 1997 World Athletic Championships, Athens, Greece – gold 400m. • 1998 awarded Australian of the Year • 1999 World Athletic Championships Seville, Spain – Gold 400m.
Hobbies / interest • Her favourite hobby is running because she loves it and she has won lots of medals for it • She is a very fast runner, she always comes first in long distance and short distance • Name a distance and she can do it she’s very good at it.
Cathy’s recent condition • On 15 July 2003 Catherine Freeman announced her retirement from competitive running. • She now concentrates her time on making a difference to others through the Cathy Freeman Foundation
bibliography • http://www.cathyfreeman.com.au/biography/ • http://www.girl.com.au/cathyfreeman.htm