Freney is a golden girl
SKENNARS Head golden girl Jacqueline Freney should be given a hero's welcome when she returns from the Paralympic Games, according to outgoing Ballina mayor Phillip Silver.
He said Ms Freney, who trains at Lennox and Evans Head aquatic centres, deserved the recognition after picking up her third gold medal in the pool.
The local woman took out gold once again in London in the women's SM7 200m individual medley yesterday morning, smashing the world record and finishing more than 10 seconds in front of her nearest rival.
With gold already from the women's S7 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly events, the trifecta was a pleasing outcome for Ms Freney.
The three-time Beijing 2008 bronze medallist said after the race: "I went into the final knowing that I could pull out a good time, but I didn't really expect a gold medal at all."
She received the Ballina Shire Sportsperson of the Year Award this year.
Cr Silver will speak to the new mayor so Ms Freney gets the welcome she deserves and suggested at least a reception at the airport should go ahead, but further talks with Ms Freney and her family should be held to organise additional celebrations.
On a national level, the Australian Paralympic Committee will host a celebratory event in Sydney in November, coinciding with the committee's announcement of the Paralympian of the Year.
- 50m Freestyle S7 Heats tonight 8.42pm AEST
- 100m Freestyle S7 Final tomorrow 2.56am AEST
- 400m Freestyle S7 Heats Thursday 7.07pm AEST
- 4x100m Medley Relay Heats Friday 9.15pm AEST