Beijing 2008, London 2012
Three bronze medals – Beijing 2008; two silver medals - 2010 World Championships; eight gold medals London 2012
Winning the 4x100m medley relay and her eighth gold medal at London 2012
Jacqueline Freney’s remarkable performances at the London 2012 Paralympic Games placed her as the most successful Australian of the Games. Not only that, winning a record eight gold medals from eight events placed her as the most successful athlete at the Games and the most successful athlete at a single Games ever. Of the eight gold, two were won in world record times (400m freestyle and 200m individual medley) and added to the three bronze medals she won as a 16-year-old in Beijing 2008. Her success earned her the crown of Australia’s 2012 Paralympian of the Year and Female Paralympian of the Year.
Jacqueline’s dramatic rise came after a solid four years of intensive training. She won two silver medals at the 2010 World Championships – in the 100m and 400m freestyle and her good form continued through a successful 2011 season, with Jacqueline taking home three silver and one bronze from the 2011 Para Pan Pacific Championships. Her accolades and achievements resulted in Jacqueline winning the 2012 Ballina Shire Sportsperson of the Year award on Australia Day, as well as the NSW Young Athlete with a Disability Award.
Born with cerebral palsy diplegia which restricts the movement of her legs and body, Jacqueline followed in the footsteps of her swimming family and set herself the goal that she would one day become a competitive swimmer. Expertly coached by her father Michael, she believes her dad and grandfather Peter have been the most influential people in her swimming career.
Hailing from Skenners Head on the Far North Coast of NSW, Jacqueline did not take long to display her talent in the water, starring in her first international competition at the 2007 US Paralympic Championships. She performed exceedingly well against a strong international field, winning five gold medals.
Now an experienced member of the Australian Paralympic Swim Team and with her stunning results in London, Jacqueline has high hopes for what her future swimming career has in store.