Jacqueline Freney

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Jacqueline Freney
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Freney
Personal information
Full name Jacqueline Rose Freney
Nationality  Australia
Born 6 June 1992
Brisbane, Queensland

Jacqueline Rose Freney OAM (born 6 June 1992) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. At the 2012 London Games, she broke Siobhan Paton's Australian record of six gold medals at a single Games by winning her seventh gold medal in the Women's 400 m Freestyle S7. She finished the Games with eight gold medals, more than any other participant in the Games.

Biography[edit]

Jacqueline Rose Freney was born in Brisbane, Queensland 6 June 1992 with cerebral palsy.[1][2] She won three bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Games in the women's 100m freestyle S8 event, 400m freestyle S8 event and 50m freestyle S8 event.[3] In 2012 at the London Paralympic Games she won gold medals in the women's 100m backstroke S7, women's 50m butterfly S7, 100m freestyle S7, 400m freestyle S7, 50m freestyle S7, 200m individual medley SM7 and 4 x 100m freestyle relay 34 pts. She broke Siobhan Paton's Australian record of six gold medals at a single Games by winning her seventh gold medal in the Women's 400 m Freestyle S7.[4] In breaking the record she said "Seven, I am in heaven".[4] She finished the Games with eight gold medals, more than any other participant in the games.[5]

Freney lives in Ballina, New South Wales and is coached by her father Michael.[1] Her grandfather Peter Freney coached 2000 Sydney Games multiple gold medallist Siobhan Paton.[1] In 2008, she was awarded an Australian Institute of Sport paralympic swimming scholarship.[1]

At the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands she won silver medals in the women's 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle events S8 events. In 2011, a week before the Can-Am Swimming Open, Freney was reclassified from S8 to S7. At the 2011 Can-Am Swimming Open in La Mirada, she set a world record in the S7 400m freestyle event twice, once during the heats and again during the finals with a time of 4:59.95 on her way to winning a gold medal. At the Can-Am Swimming Open, she won two silver medals in the S7 50m and 100m freestyle events.[6]

Recognition[edit]

Freney receives the trophy as the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year from the Australian Minister for Sport Kate Lundy

In February 2012, Freney was named Ballina Shire's Sportsperson of the Year.[7] She was a finalist for the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year,[5] and won both best female and the top overall honour.[8] In November 2013, she was named New South Wales Young Australian of the Year for 2014.[9] On 25 January 2014, she was named Young Australian of the Year.[10] The following day she was also awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia "For service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "IPC Profile - Jacqueline Freney". International Paralympic Committee Website. International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "The Sydney Morning Herald". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Freney favourite to win top Paralympian". AAP. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sport News". Paralympic.org. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Freney is a top sport". Ballina Shire Advocate. 12 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Foreman, Glen (9 November 2013). "Jacqueline Freney named Paralympian of Year". Courier Mail. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jacqui Freney named NSW’s Young Australian of the Year". Coffs Harbour Advocate. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Paralympian Young Australian of the Year". Sky News Australia. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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Awards
Preceded by
United States Jessica Long
World Disabled Swimmer of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
New ZealandSophie Pascoe
Preceded by
Akram Azimi
Young Australian of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent