Sport

Freney named Paralympian of the Year

Skennars Head golden girl Jacqueline Freney has been named Australian Paralympian of the Year after winning a record-setting eight gold medals at the London Paralympics.
Skennars Head golden girl Jacqueline Freney has been named Australian Paralympian of the Year after winning a record-setting eight gold medals at the London Paralympics. Deb Milgate

SKENNARS Head golden girl Jacqueline Freney was named the 2012 Paralympian of the Year at an awards ceremony in Sydney.

The announcement was made by the Australian Paralympic Committee.

The 20-year-old swimmer won eight gold medals at the London Paralympics - one for each event she competed in.

She had six individual victories, two relay wins and broke two world records.

Freney was also awarded Female Athlete of the Year and is now Australia's most successful athlete at a single Paralympics.

"It is an absolute honour, I didn't expect this at all," she said.

"To be acknowledged by the Australian Paralympic Committee and know that they are behind me is such a good feeling.

"I knew I'd be up against a tough field of nominees and to have my dedication to swimming acknowledged is phenomenal.

"It's been a pretty busy time since London and I've really enjoyed the post-Games atmosphere.

"All my hard work has finally paid off and to win this award and experience the amazing public support is a wonderful thing."

Australian Paralympic Committee chief executive, Jason Hellwig, said Freney could now be considered among Australia's sporting greats.

"Jacqueline has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is today, so it's great to see her recognised in such an iconic way," he said.

"She is an exceptional athlete and her outstanding achievements at this year's Paralympic Games make her very worthy of this recognition."

Topics:  jacqueline freney, paralympics, swimming


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Retro Festival hits Laidley all weekend

IT’S ON: The Morris’ are all set for Laidley’s Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival this weekend.

CHECK out Laidley's Chrome and Clutter Festival this weekend.

SARCIS execute search warrants at Minden and Tarampa

The Forest Hill SARCIS executed numerous search warrants as part of their investigations into the management of donations and activities of a horse welfare charity.

The Forest Hill SARCIS are investigating a horse welfare charity.

Names confirmed for landmark lakes

ON THE WATER: Lake Apex is one of four lakes in the area officially named by the Department of Natural Resources.

Freeman lake regognised by state government.

Latest deals and offers

Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan concerned over approval of bores

Lockyer Valley mayor Tanya Milligan has expressed her outrage at the approval of six bores for Toowoomba Second Range Crossing constructor Nexus Infrastructure.

Retro Festival hits Laidley all weekend

IT’S ON: The Morris’ are all set for Laidley’s Chrome and Clutter Retro Festival this weekend.

CHECK out Laidley's Chrome and Clutter Festival this weekend.

SARCIS execute search warrants at Minden and Tarampa

The Forest Hill SARCIS executed numerous search warrants as part of their investigations into the management of donations and activities of a horse welfare charity.

The Forest Hill SARCIS are investigating a horse welfare charity.

Names confirmed for landmark lakes

ON THE WATER: Lake Apex is one of four lakes in the area officially named by the Department of Natural Resources.

Freeman lake regognised by state government.

Gatton graduate completes Master’s degree

MASTER: USQ graduate Josh Neuman has completed his Master of Education.

Lockyer graduate completes education masters at USQ.

Bendigo Bank is closer to a reality

ON ITS WAY: Toogoolawah Ambulance station officer Tanya King ready to sign up for Bendigo Bank.

Support still needed for banking in Toogoolawah.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

F1 pit stop in 1.92 seconds

Williams team make 1.92 second pit stop.

Williams Formula 1 team change all four tyres in equal fastest time ever.

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"