Born to run: my story

Author: Cathy Freeman

Language: English

Summary: “Hi guys, ever since I was little I only had one dream – to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I’ll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games – as I crossed the finish line, it was as if the whole of Australia was cheering for me. Sometimes I still wonder how it happened.

When I was growing up, I felt no different to anyone else. I loved having fun with my brothers, sleeping over at nanna’s and going horse riding with my dad. But I especially loved to run. With the help of my family, coaches and teachers, I became the best female 400-metre runner in the world. I hope you enjoy my story, and that it inspires you to chase after your dreams too!” (from the blurb)


  • Cathy Freeman was born in Mackay (Queensland) on 16 February 1973. Her mother is of the Kuku Yalanji people of far north Queensland and along with Cathy’s grandmother was born in the Indigenous community of Palm Island. Cathy’s father was born in Woorabinda and is of the Burri Gubba people of central Queensland. Cathy became involved in athletics at a very young age. When she won her first race at eight years old, Cathy claims that she was ‘hooked’ on running. Read more info about Cathy and her impact on the Indigenous communities here.
  • Cathy Freeman Foundation: The Foundation works with four remote Indigenous communities to close the gap in education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children, by offering incentives for children to attend school.

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