Cathy Freeman visits Gladstone
OLYMPIC champion and athletics ambassador Catherine Freeman was in Gladstone yesterday promoting the Botanic to Bridge fun run.
The gold medal Olympian visited schools encouraging young people to get involved and register their participation.
Swamped by hundreds of school kids from Kin Kora Primary, Ms Freeman said she hadn't been made to feel so welcome for a long time.
“It's lovely to be greeted this way,” she said.
“I haven't been received like that in a while; it nearly stunned me with the kid's reaction.”
Kicking off on August 22, the Botanic to Bridge fun run begins with an 8km run or walk and a 3km run or walk.
Both events will finish at the Marina parklands where a Healthy Living Expo will greet participants at the finish line.
Ms Freeman said she hoped her visit would encourage young people to get involved in athletics.
“I am a natural advocate for an active lifestyle and good health and I like highlighting other components of that, like nutrition or getting enough rest to drinking enough water,” she said.
“I don't get the time to visit regional towns, so it's lovely because my roots are in regional Queensland.”
Kin Kora Primary School principal Kay Kirkman said the kids were “very grateful and excited to have Catherine visiting our school”.
“She has been very generous with her time by actually going down and having a run with the kids who are training for the Botanic to Bridge,” Ms Kirkman said.