Jacqueline set for national carnival

TEENAGE Lennox swimmer Jacqueline Freney will turn her attention to the Australian championships this month after a strong performance at the Age Multi Class Championships in Canberra.

Freney, 17, put nerves aside and focused on her stroke to the girls 50m freestyle.

“It was pretty intimidating sitting in the marshalling area but I just got over it, focused on my race and worked on making it to the end and holding my stroke together,” she said.

A winner of three bronze medals at the Beijing Paralympics, Freney recorded excellent results and personal best times during the championships at the AIS, with gold medals in the 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, silver in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle and bronze medals in the 50m freestyle and 400m freestyle.

“I did a 7-second PB in my 100m butterfly, which I am really happy about because it means that all of my hard training has paid off and now I can look forward to nationals,” she said.

Freney has an exciting road ahead starting with the Australian championships in Sydney from March 16 to 21 and her long-term goal of representing Australia at a second Paralympic Games in London 2012.

“I’m looking forward to giving my all at the nationals and hopefully getting on the worlds team and the Commonwealth team if I swim awesome,” she said.

“I am also really excited about London and performing on the world stage.”

Freney was one of 50 competitors to attend the three-day meet in Canberra with Paralympic head coach Brendan Keogh saying it had been a great experience for them.