"Growing up I had the opportunity to experience quality educational opportunities and the support to go with it. By going to school, I was able to recognise my potential as an athlete and fulfil my dream of achieving Olympic gold.


Attending school opens up opportunities to learn, experience life and allows children to explore their talents. I believe education is the key to a positive pathway.”


Co-Founder and Director

Cathy Freeman Foundation


Cathy Freeman was born in Mackay (Queensland). Her mother is of the Kuku Yalanji people of far north Queensland and along with her grandmother was born in the Indigenous community of Palm Island. Her father was born in Woorabinda and is of the the Burri Gubba people of central Queensland.

Her major highlights both on and off the track include:


Olympic Gold medallist (400m, Sydney 2000)

Olympic Silver medallist (400m, Atlanta 1996)

Lit the Olympic Flame (Sydney 2000)

Member of the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission (2016)

Co-Founder and Director, Cathy Freeman Foundation (2007 – present)

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