Tracey Freeman was one of Australia’s most dominant Para-athletics competitors.
At just two Paralympic appearances in 1972 and 1976, Freeman won six gold and four silver medals, and broke six world records, setting a new standard for Paralympic performance in Australia and paving the way for future female track and field stars like Louise Sauvage, Amy Winters and Lisa McIntosh.
As well as being the first female athlete from Australia to win a Paralympic gold medal in Para-athletics, Freeman also won two silver and two bronze medals at the inaugural 1975 Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled in Oita, Japan.
She competed at the 1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Dunedin, New Zealand, and two years later, became the first athlete with an impairment to win The Courier-Mail’s Sportswoman of the Year award. She received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was inducted into the Australian Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2016.
More than forty years have passed since Freeman last competed at a Paralympic Games, but as one of Australia’s all-time leading Paralympic medallists, her historic performances rank her among the greatest Para-athletes of all time.