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Jacqueline Freney was London 2012’s most decorated Paralympian winning gold in all eight events she competed in at the Aquatics Centre. Her efforts saw her pick-up numerous awards including Australian Paralympian of the Year and Multi-Class Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Australia. In December 2012, the S7/8 swimmer was also presented with the Prime Minister’s Women in Sport Award.
Born in Brisbane in 1992, Freney started swimming aged six, partly due to the fact her parents managed public swimming pools for a living.
She made her international debut in 2006 and was awarded an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship in May 2008. At the Beijing 2008 Paralympics she won three bronze medals. Two years later at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands she moved up the podium taking two silver medals.
Her plans for the future include working with children with an impairment. Through her achievement she hopes to inspire and encourage them to join Paralympic sport and swimming.