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Inside Teaching : June 2010
Inside Teaching | June 2010 20 QUESTIONS 34 OUR NON-TRUANCY PROGRAM GIVES PALM ISLAND CHILDREN AN INCENTIVE TO ATTEND SCHOOL BY USING BIKES. IT'S ACHIEVED SUCCESS WITH AN IMPROVEMENT IN SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. done it. Does that ever happen with a race? I don't think I'll ever claim a perfect performance and if I ever did, then my life would instantly become incredibly uninteresting. If you'd got silver instead of gold in the Sydney Olympics, how would your life have been different? I probably wouldn't have retired. I would've resumed my running career until I'd won my Olympic gold medal, that is, training for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games or the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. If you had time, and inclination, what university subject would you most like to study? This is a really difficult question for me as I've thought often about being an interior designer as well as a ballerina. Go figure? Primary school teaching also appeals to me. Describe your ideal garden. Scented, brightly coloured and easily maintained. If you could jump in Doctor Who's Tardis, where in time would you like to go? I would be there when Captain Cook first landed in Australia. Would you like to go into space one day? I hesitantly say yes. Do you have any political ambitions? I'd vote for you, although I'm not sure wishing someone into politics is altogether a kind thing. Why thank you for your vote of confidence. No, I don't have any political ambitions, except of course, to see the Catherine Freeman Foundation in collaboration with government at all levels in Australia. At the end of your episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' you say that, understanding your ancestors and the difficulties they'd overcome, you thought that perhaps you'd underestimated your potential and that you hadn't really tested yourself. Is setting up the Catherine Freeman Foundation that test? Absolutely. Aspiring and trying to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics at an Olympic Games was a walk in the park compared to my passion for the Catherine Freeman Foundation and our partnership with the community of Palm Island north-west of Townsville in Queensland. There are so many opportunities for me to take advantage of and I continue to honour my ancestors and their journey everyday in my actions. Was there a particular moment when you decided that you'd set up the Catherine Freeman Foundation? It was during 2006 and I'd just left my management group. I'd just starting seeing my future husband, although I didn't realise itatthetime,andIwasinaspace where all I had to do was just follow my heart to where it was