Jacqui Freney named NSW’s Young Australian of the Year
"HOPING to inspire our youth to face their fears, believe in their abilities and live their dreams".
That was what Skennars Head swimmer Jacqueline Freney tweeted last night after she was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year 2014.
The 21-year-old was born with cerebral palsy.
In 2012 she won eight gold medals at the London Paralympic Games and became Australia's most successful Paralympian at a single Games.
Two of Jacqueline's performances were under world record time.
She won a gold medal for every event in which she competed and her gold medal haul was greater than any other competitor from any country.
Jacqueline was named the NSW Young Australian of the Year for 2014 at a special awards ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney last night.
Along with the other NSW award recipients, she will join recipients from the other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards to be announced on January 15, 2014 in Canberra.
National Australia Day Council chief executive, Jeremy Lasek, said the NSW award recipients were an inspiration.
"The NSW award recipients cover a variety of fields but what they all excel in is their commitment to making the world a better place for others," he said.
"All four of the award recipients are great Australians of whom we can be very proud."
Jacqueline was awarded the title of Paralympian of the Year in 2012, and won three awards at the NSW Institute of Sport's annual awards night for Female Athlete of the Year, Most Memorable Moment and Regional Athlete.