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Cathy Freeman was born in Mackay in Queensland in 1973 She is a very good runner and won a scholarship to boarding school where she was able to have professional coaching Freeman is the first Aboriginal sprinter to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 1994 She also won a silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games She is very proud of her Aboriginal background and has carried the Australian and the Aboriginal flags around the track after winning a race She has often appeared on television to encourage young people to live healthy lifestyles and to do their best She was made Young Australian of the Year in 1990 and Australian of the Year in 1998 She is the first person to receive both awards In Atlanta she was Australias only real gold medal hope and to win she would have had to beat Perec the 1992 gold medallist over 400m Freeman ran the race of her life - making her the sixth fastest woman over the distance in history - but it was not enough for gold she won the silver However that silver medal made her the most successful Australian runner at Olympic level male or female since Debbie Flintoff-King at Seoul in 1988 In 1997 she was also named Australian of the Year becoming the first person to have been honoured with both the Young Australian and Australian of the Year awards Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal Custodian of the land Minjerribah 1920-1993 Born Kath Walker an Aborigine from the Noonuccal tribe of Stradbroke Island she was one of the first of the modern Aboriginal protest writers She worked as a domestic servant in Brisbane joined the army and during the 1960s became actively involved in the Aboriginal activist movement Her work includes poetry Aboriginal legends and political essays and speeches Some of her work includes We are Going 1964
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