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Transcript 10440

CATHY FREEMANS GOLD MEDAL

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

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Release Date: 05/08/1997

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 10440

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ACTING PRIME: MINISTFR CAN BERIRA
MEDIA RELEASE
CATHY FREEMAN'S GOLD ME1) AL
Acting IPrime Minister Tim Fischer M. P has sent a message of congratulations to Australian
sprint star, Cathy Freeman, on her gold medal performance in the 400 metre final at the World
Athletics Championships in Athens ( overnight AEST).
Mr Fischer said the win was particularly special givcn that Cathy Freeman has become the first
Australian woman to win a gold medal at these Championships.
" Together with all Australians, the Prime Minister and I offer our best wishes to Cathy on her
outstanding achievement".
" Cathy's win reflects her great determnination and follows the best traditions of successfiul
Australian sports women".
" Her win comes on the back of her silver medal performance at Atlanta and augers well for her
chances of winning gold on home soil at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games" 1
August 1997
NB% Attached is a copy of Mr Fischer's message to Cathy Freeman.
Media enquiries please contact Brendan Egan Mobile. 018 691 178

I Fax from 6162731197 ACTING PRIME MINISTER CANBERRiA
August 1997
Cathy Freeman
Australian Team
President's Hotel
ATHENS GREECE
Dear C" athy
Congratulations on winning a gold medal in the 400m at the World Athletics Championships in
Athens. By becoming the first Australian woman to win a gold medal at these Championships you have
created Australian sporting history. This wonderful victory is a fitting reward for your
commitment to athletics. All Australians are proud of your efforts.
Coming on the back of your silver medal performance at Atlanta, this win also augurs well for
your chances of winning gold in this event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gamnes.
My very best wishes for the future as you head towards this goal.
TIM FISCHER MP Fax6fr1o2 7319711/ 828:/ 5997 Pg: S
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