Year Awarded: 2011
Hall of Fame Moments

Catherine Freemans 400m Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games

The Australian public, always eager of an athlete’s success were even more demanding during the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. Where a few days earlier Cathy Freeman had lit the Olympic Flame, she now stood in front of a packed capacity Stadium Australia ready to contest the Women’s 400m final. Dressed head to toe in a lycra body suit, Freeman powered around the track winning gold and rising to meet the expectation of a nation.

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.