Jacqueline Freney in Lennox Head during Ballina Shire’s welcome home after her great success at the London Paralympics.
Jacqueline Freney in Lennox Head during Ballina Shire’s welcome home after her great success at the London Paralympics. Deb Milgate

Freney in line for institute's state honours

PARALYMPIC swimming heroine Jacqueline Freney may cap the most remarkable year of her career with yet more honours.

The Skennars Head star, who won eight gold medals in the pool at this year's London Games, has been nominated in three categories for next month's annual New South Wales Institute of Sport Awards.

The most successful Australian paralympian at a single Games, Freney is nominated in the categories of Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year, Classic Sportswear Most Memorable Moment and the Office of Communities, Sport and Recreation Regional Athlete of the Year.

The 22-year-old said the three nominations would top off a great 12 months.

"This year has been an unbelievable year for me," she said. "My wildest dreams really have come true.

"I'm so proud to be nominated by the NSWIS for these awards. I think it shows that elite athletes with a disability are a new breed of hardcore athletes with superhuman abilities and we're proud to be different."

In the coveted Classic Sportswear Most Memorable Moment award, the 22-year-old is nominated for her stunning swim in the Paralympic women's 4x100m medley relay 34 points team.

Freney anchored the Australian team home in amazing fashion to win what seemed like an unlikely gold.

Freney's father and coach, Michael, is also in line to win a gong for the Sportspro Coach of the Year.

The awards, considered the state's premier annual sports awards, will be conferred at the Sydney Cricket Ground's Indoor Centre on November 15. They recognise achievement in 12 categories including academic excellence, career development, team and individual performances.



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