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Voting closes for Freney

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

RECORD-smashing swimmer Jacqueline Freney appears likely to remain without financial reward for her incredible haul of eight gold medals, for now at least.

Ms Freney appears to have missed out on being named the International Paralympic movement's Paralympian of the Month, which would have given her a small cash prize.

The title is bestowed by popular vote. A few hours before voting closed last night, Ms Freney remained in second place, with 710 votes, behind US cyclist Muffy Davis, who had 1200 votes.

Able-bodied Australian athletes were offered a cash incentive of $20,300 for each gold medal they won at London. However, Paralympic athletes were not offered the same incentive.

That means Ms Freney's haul of eight golds, which would have handed an Olympic athlete more than $160,000, earned her no money at all.

At the same time, sponsors have proved reluctant to their stamp, and cash, on Paralympic athletes, which means Ms Freney managed to return from London as the most successful Australian athlete at any games but without a dollar to show for it.

The Paralympian of the Month award, while not delivering anything like $160,000 the able-bodied gold medal incentive, would have helped cover the cost of Ms Freney's ongoing training.



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