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Cathy Freeman
Australia Crest

Cathy, then aged 16, won Commonwealth gold in 1990 in Auckland as part of the 4x100m relay team.

In 1990 she was named Young Australian of the Year.

In 1992, in Barcelona, she became the first Aboriginal track and field athlete to represent Australia in the Olympic Games.

In 1994, in Victoria, Vancouver, she won Commonwealth gold again in the 200m and 400m events and created much controversy when she did a victory lap with both the Oz flag and the Aboriginal flag.

In 1995 she was a member of the Australian women's relay team that took gold in Gothenberg in the world championships.

At the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 she won silver against Maria-Jose Perec, the great French champion, running the 6th fastest time ever for women in the 400m and an Australian record.

In 1997, in Athens, she became the first Australian woman to win a world title when she won the 400m, despite running in lane one.

On Australia Day, January 26th, 1998, Cathy was named as Australian of the Year. This was questioned by Pauline Hanson as being politically correct.

In 1998 she was also named as one of our 100 Living National Treasures by the poll conducted by the National Trust.

Read 'A Journey Just Begun' by Adrian McGregor, published by Random House.


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