Books for Sprinters

Last Updated on January 3, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Cathy Freeman Books

Cathy – Her Own Story ; by Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman

For the first time, in her own words, Cathy Freeman tells the story of her remarkable life.

With characteristic honesty, she talks about growing up black in a white world, about her large, close-knit family, her complicated relationship with Nick Bideau, her marriage to Sandy Bodecker, and their painful separation.

Born to Run by Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman

Ever since I was little I only had one dream – to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true.

I’ll never forget that night at the Sydney 2000 Games – as I crossed the finish line, it was as if the whole of Australia was cheering for me.

Sometimes I still wonder how it happened. When I was growing up, I felt no different from anyone else.

I loved having fun with my brothers, sleeping over at nanna’s, and going horse riding with my dad.

But I especially loved to run.

With the help of my family, coaches, and teachers, I became the best female 400-meter runner in the world.

I hope you enjoy my story, and that it inspires you to chase after your dreams too!


By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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