By Duncan Mackay

Jacqueline Freney swimming at London 2012December 27 - Jacqueline Freney, winner of eight Paralympic gold medals at London 2012, is in the running to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds Sydney.

The Australian Paralympian of the Year is up against former rugby league player Wally Lewis, basektball player Lauren Jackson, rugby union legend John Eales, surfer Mick Fanning and cricketer Glenn McGrath in a vote that will be decided by the public. 

It is the first time a vote has been opened to the Australian public on which sporting star should next be immortalised in wax at the Sydney Madame Tussauds museum.

The winner will stand alongside the likes of Rod Laver, Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe.

Cathy Freeman wax statueSydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman is among those who have their own statue at Madame Tussauds Sydney

"I am very flattered and excited to be recognised as an Australian sporting hero that could be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds Sydney," said Freney, a 20-year-old from Brisbane.

"I have looked at some of these figures before and it never ceases to amaze me how life-like they look.

"It would be quite an exciting process and, I must say, an absolute honour to be chosen and to have my figure standing alongside some of the sporting greats already in the attraction."

Voting will close on Friday 18 January and the winner will be announced in early February.

The successful athlete will then have over 250 measurements taken by the Madame Tussauds team.

A dedicated team of over 60 artists and sculptors will then take approximately 800 hours to create the figure.

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