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Catherine Freeman is a sporting legend in Australia and around the world. She has raced against the best in the world and come out on top, winning gold medals at both the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. This book tells the story of her life, from her childhood in Mackay with her brothers and sisters, to lighting the cauldron at the 2000 Olympic Games before going on to win gold in the 400 metres. Cathy reveals her childhood joys and dramas, including the separation of her parents, her mother remarrying, and the death of her older sister, Anne-Marie, who lived with cerebral palsy. Cathy talks about the experiences of racism she encountered, and also about the trials of constant training and the need for self-motivation and positive encouragement to help bring her to the point where she could achieve her childhood dream.

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Comments on: "Born to run – Cathy Freeman" (9)

  1. Corrin said:

    Full of inspiration, determination and courage, Born to Run is a book you should certainly take home. Only a short read, this beautiful novel shows us how one exceptionally talented girl made her way from school athletics to the biggest competition in the world, the Olympics. Even if your not a huge athlete, this novel will still influence and inspire you. Cathy Freeman has written a touching story filled with pictures of her childhood years and competitions. Born to Run shows us that if we believe in ourselves we can do anything. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a truly heartwarming story.

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  2. Sydney said:

    My review of Born to Run:
    I thought it was a great book and will inspire many who decide to read it. This book is worth sitting down and reading each page and taking it alll in, Cathy shows how posivte life can be is you smile and look at the happy side of each day. I can realte to Cathy when saying about hoe lucky I am to have everythig i’ve got!! I would give this book a 9/10 and I really enjoyed it!! I would recomened this book to anyone who has who loves a ture story and is at least older than 10!!! Hope you enjoy it!!!

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  3. born to run:
    written as a auto-biography by cathy freeman about her running success and hard ship she put in toward achieving her goals.
    i found it amazingly inspiring and did not want to put the book down. she explains her life to us from the beginning, up to when she achieves her dreams and experiences some of the most amazing things that she considers her self lucky to have. this book is very motivational and i suggest it to any one who loves to run or not. 🙂

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  4. Renee said:

    I love this book as it is an inspirational true story of the olympic champion, Cathy Freeman. This book made me laugh, cry and most of all think. It is a beautiful, heartwarming book about her journey as an aboriginal and all the challenges she has to face while trying to become an olympian. It’s about her family life, turmoils and about how, if you just believe, you can do anything you want to. I would rate this book 9/10, as it was a truly memorable tale about her journey and then her olympic journey. Although it is short, lots of beautiful and encouraging messages, with Cathy Freeman as the main character. She was definitely my favourite person in the book, not only because it was her life story the book was based on but also because of her determination, persistence and love for others. I would recommend this to everyone!! It is a brilliant book

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  5. This book would just have to be one of my favourite. I was Inspired by Cathy Freeman’s life story. The hurdles she has to overcome to become our favourite 400m Olympic gold medal champion. The family problems and struggles she endured. The message in to book is you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it but it doesn’t come easy. A must read book. The rating that i give it is 9/10

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  6. This book is great for everyone looking for a small book. its very inspirational and interesting. Its a biography on cathy freeman’s life, but it is not boring. I didn’t think i would like a Biography but reading this has changed my mind. Its such an interesting book filled with all kinds of emotions I would recommend it to everyone.

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  7. I’m very exited because I’m meeting Cathy Freeman Right Now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. I would recommend Born to Run to people of all ages. I is a very inspirational book that I thoroughly enjoyed and it was a true story.
    My favourite character was Cathy Freeman because she was a nice person and she never complained about her childhood (she came from a very poor family). Also I thought that it was great that a person that didn’t really start with anything ended up getting a Olympic gold medal.
    I would give this book a 10/10 and think that it is a book that anyone would enjoy.

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  9. I LOVE THIS BOOK! If your an athletic person PLAESE read it… you’ll fall in love with it.

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