One moment in Australian sporting history that helped shape Australia’s sporting identity was when Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400-metre sprint. The reason it was significant was because she is the first indigenous female to become a world sprint champion. Her success was rewarded by the Olympic committee who allowed her light the Olympic torch.
Ian Thorpe is also a great example of a person who helped shape Australia’s sporting identity. He put us on the world stage in swimming winning a number of gold medals in the Olympic games and breaking a number of world records.
Another example of a sporting moment that helped shape Australia’s identity was when the socceroos made it in to the world cup. This was a very significant moment in sporting history because it was the first time in years that Australia has been in the world cup. Also because they beat Japan 2 to 1 which was there first ever win in the world cup.
The ashes series is another event that shape australia’s sporting identity, as Australia beat England in the last ashes series 5 games to 0 which was an outstanding performance by all the Australian cricket players.
So those examples of Australia sporting moments show that Australia are a good sporting nation and how our sporting events have helped shaped were our sporting identity is today.