5 Reasons: Freeman

YPRL Staff

12 May, 2022

Whether you have big feet or little ones… anyone can feel the rush.

Whether it’s running or your own passion (athletic, creative or otherwise) that gives you that feeling of freedom, of flying, being uplifted, of being good at something, of being great, of escaping the world for just a moment.

A friend told me recently that she saw Cathy Freeman locally. I was not even aware she lived in Victoria but she was freshly on my mind when I spotted this documentary to borrow. I suddenly felt the urge to know more about her and get real trustworthy information, not some gossip I could google up.

I grew up knowing the name Cathy Freeman and do remember the race that is at the centre of this documentary but I was young and didn’t understand any of the politics or the significance of what it was for Cathy to be female and an indigenous Australian at this time – let alone lit up on the world stage at an Olympics hosted on home turf.

Here are my 5 reasons why you should watch this DVD!

  1. It’s only an hour long.
  2. It’s a deeper look into an iconic Australian. Her story in her words.
  3. It gives an insight not just into the mind of a competitive runner but into the pressures of an athlete’s ‘big race’ (and into just how big and significant that race was!).
  4. Captures a time in history that was so important to social and cultural change in Australia.
  5. It’s free and available to borrow. Why not click and collect?


This DVD didn’t take a huge commitment in time but did have some powerful moments. Cathy’s words paired with real footage made me feel it was time well spent. If anything, it left me wanting just a little bit more. I wanted to know about what happened to her after this historic race but alas it was not to be.

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