Sydney 2000 may not have seen a sustained increase in sport participation. But the Olympics did leave a mark on Australia.
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Two dramatic narratives arc through this documentary that marks 20 years since Cathy Freeman’s Olympic triumph: her reflections as an elite athlete, and our experience as a nation of spectators.
NFL star Colin Kaepernick has declined to stand for the US national anthem.
When athletes take a stand on sociopolitical issues, they have a public profile by which to showcase their views. But they face criticism that it is not their ‘place’ to comment on sensitive matters.
Cathy Freeman was criticised for flying the Aboriginal flag at the 1994 Commonwealth Games but the same act at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was hailed as a moment of reconciliation.
Athletes are increasingly expected to be good role models. But we don’t usually expect them to sacrifice their chance of winning to help others.
Damien Hooper enters the ring wearing an Indigenous flag t shirt.
There are many people who would like us to believe that sport and politics should never mix. The reason for this is sport is seen as the pure and noble practice where champions arrive after hard work and…