Little athletes get tips from hero
WORDS of inspiration from one of the country’s most revered athletes of the modern era have been welcomed with open ears by young local athletes.
Cathy Freeman spoke about her life experiences to Gladstone Little Athletes on Wednesday afternoon.
Freeman fielded questions from the eager track-and-fielders such as how she dealt with nerves on the big stage.
“I talked about how before the Olympics I was quite sick, but I decided to focus on my strengths,” Freeman said.
“I encouraged the youngsters to focus on strengths and things like their determination and you love what you do.”
Freeman spoke about the mechanics of athletics, including the speed component and endurance factors.
“This was specifically for the 400-metre event,” she said.
The TAFE fields where Little Athletics is held at Gladstone reminded Freeman of her early days at Mackay, where her love of running was fostered.
She explained to the kids that no matter where they were, if they persevered and had excellent support, they could make it.
“Sometimes, even though you can feel isolated in a small town, from small things great things grow,” she said.
“Don’t ever think because you’re from a small town, you’re missing out on anything. If you’re surrounded by parents and teachers who go out of their way to look for the right information and equip themselves with the right knowledge, that energy carries you through the right doors.”