Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman, popularly known as Cathy Freeman, is a former Australian sprinter specialized in the 400 meters event. She is nicknamed as Cath. She has participated in various national and international game events such as Commonwealth Games, World Junior Championships, World Championships, Australian Championships and so on. In 1990, she won the gold medal in the Commonwealth games held in Auckland, New Zealand which made her the first Aboriginal Commonwealth Games gold medalist. She currently ranks as the sixth fastest woman of all time with her personal best of 48.63.
Adding on to her professional life, she is entitled with various honors and awards. She has won the title of “Australian of the Year” in 1998. Similarly, Arthur Ashe Courage Award (2001), Deadly Awards (2003), Sportswoman of the Year (2001) by Laureus is some of the other titles that she owns. She has retired in the 1st of July, 2003.
Born on 16th February, 1973 at Slade Point, City of Mackay, Australia, Cathy was passionate about sports from a very young age where she was coached by her stepfather Bruce Barber. She has studied in different schools out of which Kooralbyn International School and Fairholme College are the one where she completed most of her studies. At Kooralbyn International School she was coached professionally under the supervision of Romanian Mike Danila. She considers him as her inspiration who has also trained her throughout her career. She was also coached by Peter Fortune. She did her college from University of Melbourne.
Moving on to her personal life, Freeman is happily married to James Murch, a Melbourne stockbroker. The couple announced their engagement in 2006 and got married in 2009. Cathy and James are blessed with a beautiful child named Ruby Anne Susie Murch. But, it’s not her first marriage. Her first husband was Alexander “Sandy” Bodeker who was a Nike executive and20 years her senior. They got married in 1999 and got divorced in 2003. Beside this, she also had some love history with Nick Bideau (her manager) and Joel Edgerton (an Australian actor).
Cathy Freeman has an estimated net worth of $4 million. Since, she has retired from her work she earns no salary. Standing 5 ft. 4 in. tall with the weight of 56 kg, Freeman has also contributed a lot in the charity works. With the name Cathy Freeman Foundation, she started a foundation in 2007 to o help Indigenous children and their families recognize the power of education and achieve their goals and dreams. She is a true inspiration for society and mankind.
To know more about Cathy Freeman, she can be followed on different social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Wikipedia. Besides, there are different sites which provide a brief biography on her.
Last modified: November 26, 2015
Published on: November 26, 2015
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