The Far North Coast has a new bronzed Aussie — Paralympic swimmer Jacqueline Freney, of Skennars Head.

The 16-year-old has completed her swimming commitments at the Beijing Paralympic Games, winning bronze in each of her three events.

Jacqueline kicked off her Games bid with third in last week’s 100m freestyle.

She backed up that effort with a bronze on Friday night in the 400m, and completed her triple bronze effort in the 50m freestyle S8.

She smashed her personal best time in the S8 400m final.

Jacqueline’s time of 4:57.21 was more than five seconds faster than her previous best effort over the distance, giving the Xavier College schoolgirl third behind winner, American Jessica Long, and Heather Frederiksen from Great Britain.

“ I’m just over the moon. I didn’t really expect to do so well, so it’s a really good feeling,” Jacqueline said.

“I’ve trained really hard for four years and it’s finally paid off.

“I was pretty nervous before the race but once I got out on to the pool deck, I felt really good.

“I just wanted to do my best.”

Jacqueline was born with cerebral palsy diplegia (which affects the movement of the body, mainly the legs) and her parents were told she would have a lot of difficulty walking, participating in sport or any physical activity and that she would require years of therapy.

“They were right, but that wouldn’t stop this competitive spirit from achieving her dreams,” her mother Joanne said.

Jacqueline is trained by her father Michael, and the proud parents were in Beijing to watch her achievements.

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