Jacqui Freney, expected to be one of the star attractions at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, has withdrawn from the event.
Freney, winner of eight gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics in London and and 2014 Young Australian of the Year,has decided that she needs time to rest and recuperate following an illness which had disrupted her training programme.
The 23-year-old from Brisbane took the decision despite a series of impressive performances at the 2015 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney.
Freney now plans to rest for a short period before beginning her build-up to the Australian Paralympic trials for Rio 2016 next April.
“It is very disappointing for Jacqui having performed at such a high level at the selection meet however, after missing some important training due to fatigue it is in her best interests to take a break from the sport to rest,” said Adam Pine, Australia's Paralympic performance manager.
“Jacqui will undergo further assessment on her condition that will aid in the management of her training programme and will allow her to shift her focus to the 2016 Rio Paralympics.”
Australia's 28-strong team for Glasgow, which is due to take place between July 13 and 19, is currently in Manchester preparing for the Championships.
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