Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman, and her husband, stockbroker James Murch, welcomed their first child yesterday, July 8, at 8:21 am – a daughter named Ruby Anne Susie. Although Cathy’s pregnancy triggered Type 2 diabetes, which runs in her family, the childbirth went smoothly, and both mother and baby are reported to be doing well. Ruby Murch’s birth was announced on the Athletics Australia website.

Cathy retired from her stellar athletic career in 2003, and since then has been involved in numerous community and charitable projects. Cathy and James were married in April 2009.

This is the second celebrity baby called Ruby this year – the first was Ruby Anne O’Halloran, daughter of media personality Suzie Wilks.