Victorian Institute of Sport

Catherine Freeman

"An extraordinary athlete who set a fine example and a very high standard for any athlete to follow."

Personal details

VIS Scholarship Holder:
1996 - 2003
VIS Award of Excellence Winner:
1997, 1999, 2000

Sporting Details

Athletics:
400m, 200m 4x400m

Sporting Achievements

2000 Sydney Olympic Games (400m) - GOLD

1996 Atlanta Olympic Games (400m) - SILVER

Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 4×100m relay (1990), 200m (1994), 400m (1994), 4x400m relay (2002)

2 x World Championship gold medallist in the 400m (1997 & 1999)

Her victory from scratch over 400 metres at the 1996 Stawell Gift Carnival remains one of the truly magic moments of the century-old event

Australian of the Year (1998)

Awarded the Australian Sports Medal (2000), Centenary Medal (2001) and Medal of the Order of Australia (2001)

Sport Australia Hall of Fame induction (2005)

Catherine continues to be an ambassador for her Cathy Freeman Foundation that works to reduce the educational gap between non-Indigenous Australian children and children living in remote indigenous communities.