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Inside Teaching : June 2010
www.atra.edu.au | firstname.lastname@example.org 20 QUESTIONS 31 DAVID RISH interviewed Catherine Freeman, a woman who couldn't leave well enough alone after winning an Olympic gold medal in Sydney in 2000, and discovered a champion of hope who's committed to helping Indigenous schools and communities. first names that come to me are Elton John or Andy White. We all know who Elton John is and Andy White already has written a song about me call 'Cos I'm Free.' I guess I'd back Andy before Elton! Within this song about me, I'd probably include the line 'All I want is a glass of water!' What might you write a song about? I would love to write a song about my pet cat Billy. A line from the song may be: 'I walk through my front door and he's always there to greet me.' By the way, do you sing as well as your auntie?** Ha -- no I don't, although I wish I could. The players of the Barcelona Football Club proudly wear a UNICEF logo on their shirts instead of commercial advertising. Which sporting team would you most love to see wearing the Catherine Freeman Foundation logo? This is a question I've never been asked before. In the Australian Football League I support Carlton, and in the National Rugby League I support Manly Waringah. So I'd have to say Carlton or Manly Waringah. What thing most scares you? I'm sure I experience ranidaphobia, meaning that I have a fear of frogs. Do you recall a childhood nightmare? I had my first ever nightmare as a 37-year old. I didn't have nightmares as a child at all. What qualities drew you to your best childhood friend, and are you still friends? I attended 10 different schools so I didn't have a best childhood friend; however, those whom I share a similar sense of humour with often bring about a healthy friendship. Who did you tell the first time you fell in love? Myself! Did you fight with your siblings? No. I've always had an incredibly strong, loving and fun relationship with my siblings. Mind you, we were separated as I went to boarding school from the age of 15 so in essence I left home Do you prefer Catherine or Cathy? I prefer Catherine although of course I'm used to Cathy. What did your family call you? My older brother still calls me by one of my middle names which is Astrid, and my mum still calls me Catherine or Catherina. The piece of music you as a 14-year old played over and over again? I used to listen to the latest hits of the day such as songs by Cyndi Lauper, or Michael Jackson and Culture Club. As a teenager I enjoyed pop and dance music very much. So, whatever was in the top 10, I would listen to often. Did you have posters on your wall? I remember having a Michael Jackson poster on my wall, but posters were not a big feature of my bedroom. Which musician or songwriter would you most like to write a song about you, and what line would you most like to hear about yourself? In terms of a songwriter to write a song about me -- the 20 questions* with Catherine Freeman