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FRENEY Jacqueline
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthBrisbane, AUS
Height1.66 m
Weight 53 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Evans Head, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Xavier Catholic College: Ballina, ACT, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in swimming carnivals at age six in New South Wales, Australia.
Why this sport?
Her parents managed public swimming pools for a living, so swimming has always been a part of her life.
Club / Team
Richmond Valley Swim Club: Australia
Name of coach
Brendan Keogh [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Location
United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Jacqui (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)
Hobbies
Reading, travelling, shopping, tarot reading. (Facebook page, 01 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol
Australian para-swimmer Siobhan Paton. (paralympic.org.au, 29 Dec 2009)
Injuries
An ongoing illness forced her to withdraw from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The same illness ruled her out of selection for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org.au, 26 Jun 2015; insidethegames.biz, 04 Apr 2016)

She experienced fatigue in July 2014 and withdrew from the Australian squad ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (bbc.co.uk, 07 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is my passion, my life and my identity." (Facebook profile, 14 Nov 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was inducted into the Australian Path of Champions, which recognises the achievements of Australia’s top athletes. (swimswam.com, 21 Oct 2014)

In 2014 she received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM]. She was also named the 2014 Young Australian of the Year. (brisbanetimes.com.au, 25 Jan 2014; australianoftheyear.org.au, 2014)

In December 2012 she received the Prime Minister's Women in Sport Award in Sydney, NSW, Australia. The award had been reinstated in 2012, making her the first recipient since 1996. (Swimming Australia, 05 Dec 2012)

She was named Australian Paralympian of the Year in 2012. (Swimming Australia, 05 Dec 2012)

She was named Multi-Class Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Australia in 2012. (Swimming Australia, 24 Nov 2012)
Famous relatives
Her father Michael was head coach of the Australian para-swimming team at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Her grandfather Peter has also worked as a swimming coach and received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of his services to the sport. (jacquelinefreney.com, 2013)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. The condition predominantly affects the movement in her legs. (Facebook page, 01 Jun 2014)
Other information
MOST DECORATED ATHLETE
She was the most decorated athlete of any nation or gender at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, winning eight gold medals in the pool. Six golds came in individual events and the other two from relays, leaving her undefeated in every race she entered at the event. (paralympic.org, 12 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 50m Freestyle S8 32.37
3 2008 100m Freestyle S8 1:08.56
3 2008 400m Freestyle S8 4:57.21
1 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:22.84
1 2012 50m Butterfly S7 35.16
1 2012 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:54.42
1 2012 100m Freestyle S7 1:09.39
1 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:20.39
1 2012 50m Freestyle S7 32.63
1 2012 400m Freestyle S7 4:59.02
1 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:53.95
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 100m Backstroke S8 1:29.41
2 2010 400m Freestyle S8 5:11.39
4 2010 50m Freestyle S8 32.51
7 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:43.62
2 2010 100m Freestyle S8 1:09.08
7 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:19.65
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Backstroke S8 1:25.11
2 2009 100m Butterfly S11 1:20.55
2 2009 100m Freestyle S8 1:08.98
2 2009 400m Freestyle S8 5:02.93
3 2009 50m Freestyle S8 32.46
3 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:37.04