Sydney celebrates Games' birthday with park in Cathy Freeman's honour
By Malcolm Brown
Sydney Morning Herald
August 31, 2010 - 1:30PM
Ten years after she captured the nation's imagination at the Sydney Olympics, Cathy Freeman will have a park named after her at the place where she realised her athletic dream.
The park, known now as The Overflow, is located just outside ANZ Stadium, which was the main venue for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The dedication to Freeman will be made during the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Sydney Olympics next month.
The origin of the name Overflow is not particularly auspicious. It came from the fact that animals were kept there because they could not be accommodated at the nearby abattoir.
Freeman, who lit the Olympic cauldron 10 years ago, will repeat the act on September 15, with Paralympian champion Louise Sauvage.
Plaques for both Freeman and Sauvage will be unveiled at the park that day.
The celebrations on September 15 have been extensively planned, and will include major involvement by schoolchildren and Olympic athletes.
The Premier, Kristina Keneally, will host a barbeque at the showground for any of the 46,000 Sydney Olympic volunteers who choose to turn up.
A plaque will also be unveiled to former Olympics chief Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Samaranch, who called the Sydney Games "the best Olympics ever", decided this year that the unveiling would be attended by his daughter Maria Teresa Samaranch Salisachs.
Another plaque will be unveiled at the park to "London 2012" and will be unveiled by the chairman of the London organising committee of the Olympics, Lord Sebastian Coe.