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Cathy Freeman OAM

Key Points

  • Cathy Freeman is arguably Australia's most successful Track and Field star
  • Cathy won her first Commonwealth Games medal at just 16 years old in the 4 x 100m relay
  • In 1990 she was awarded the Young Australian of the Year
  • She was the first Aboriginal track and field athlete to represent Australia at an Olympic Games.
  • Cathy won gold medals in the 200m and 400m at the Commonwealth Games in 1994
  • At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Cathy captivated her nation by winning the 400m Gold Medal
  • Cathy had the prestigious honour of lighting the Olympic Cauldron at the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • In 1998 she was named Australian of the Year.
  • In 2011 Cathy was inducted into The Sport Australian Hall of Fame
  • 2015 Recipient of the IOC Women and Sport Award (Oceania), 2015
  • Appointed as a Member of the IOC Sport and Active Society Committee, 2016

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