Skennars Head Swimming star Jacqueline Freney.
Skennars Head Swimming star Jacqueline Freney. Scott Harlum

Swimmer dreams of gold

EVANS Head Aquatic Centre swimming star Jacqueline Freney is quietly confident she will be among the number of the Australian Paralympic team headed for London in August.

And she's also quietly confident her dad Michael will be joining her on the trip as an Australian team coach.

But neither swimmer nor coach will know for sure they are on their way until the national team is officially announced on the June 4.

However, her results at the Australian swimming championships in Adelaide last month give her every reason to be confident.

Miss Freney recorded a provisional World Record time in the 100m freestyle for her S7 classification and priority one Paralympic selection times in five other events.

Jacqueline is currently the only Australian Paralympic female swimmer to hold world records in Paralympic events, also holding the 400m freestyle mark.

Due to her outstanding performances in Adelaide she has been invited to attend a training camp for elite members of the Australian Shadow Paralympic Squad in Thailand next month where she'll be ramping up her training.

"I have just been doing my best and I'm extremely happy with the outcome," she said of her results in Adelaide.

"I went in there knowing I could swim a world record in the 100 metres freestyle, but it was just a matter of putting the time on the board in a major competition."

Miss Freney doesn't like to talk about the potential competition she will face in London, preferring to focus on her own performance.

"I'm just concentrating on my own swimming," she said.

"I don't really want to think about what the other people are doing, I just go in there and see what I can do.

"There are always swimmers that come up a couple of months before Paralympics that act as a threat, but I don't really think about them.

"I'm completely focused on my swimming training and my goals, this way when I do race in London I'll be 100 per cent confident that I have done everything possible to perform at my best.

"My competitive streak will take over once I'm racing."

She's also cagey about how she hopes to perform at the games.

"I just aim to do personal bests and see where that takes me; I am my greatest competitor," she said.

If she makes the London team it will be the second Paralympics Jacqueline has attended, the other being Beijing in 2008 where she won three bronze medals for Australia.

The 19-year-old also has hopes of competing in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.




100m freestyle: Provisional World record.

400m freestyle MC: Provisional World record.

200m individual medley: Australian open record.

50m butterfly: Australian open record.

50m freestyle: Australian open record.

100m backstroke: Selection time.

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