Woman Freeman, Catherine (Cathy) Astrid Salome


Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Olympian and Track and field athlete

Written by Caitlin Stone, The University of Melbourne

Catherine (Cathy) Freeman was born in Mackay, Queensland in 1973. In 1994 she became the first Aboriginal sprinter to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. She went on to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. She was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Centenary Medal in 2001; she also received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2001. Cathy Freeman retired from competition in 2003.

Published Resources


  • Freeman, Cathy, Born To Run: My Story, Puffin Books, Camberwell, Victoria, 2007. Details

Online Resources