Jacqueline Freney from Skennars Head has won bronze at the Paralympics in Beijing.
Jacqueline Freney from Skennars Head has won bronze at the Paralympics in Beijing. The Northern Star/Brenden Allen

Beijing brings success for our Jacquelines

THEY'RE both named Jacqueline, they've both competed in Beijing and they're both ours.

We're talking about Paralympic swimmer Jacqueline Freney of Skennars Head, and Olympic slalom kayaker Jacqueline Lawrence of Old Bonalbo.

Both sportswomen have been in action recently with Lawrence taking part in her first Olympic welcome home parade yesterday in Sydney and Freney completing her hat-trick of bronze medals with a third-placing in the S8 50m freestyle at the Paralympic Games on Sunday.

Freney's final swim capped off a memorable Paralympics for the teenager, who also claimed bronze medals in the 100m and 400m freestyle.

Meanwhile, Lawrence, who won a silver medal in the K1 slalom event at the Beijing Olympics last month, was lapping up the limelight in Sydney yesterday, during the first of a series of welcome home parades to be held around Australia.

“It was really cool. There were heaps of people watching and at some points they were standing seven deep,” Lawrence said.

“We didn't have to stay with the march and were able to interact with people and I signed heaps of autographs, which was great.

“I don't know whether it was me they recognised or the silver medal around my neck.”

But the welcome home Lawrence is most looking forward to is the one she gets when she returns to Old Bonalbo on October 11.



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