Golden girl Jacqueline Freney did it again on day nine of the 2012 Paralympic Games, winning her eighth gold alongside fellow NSWIS athlete Annabelle Williams, while the Australian women's wheelchair basketball team won silver.
Competing in the women's 4x100m medley relay 34 points, Freney took her London Paralympic record to a flawless eight victories from eight events as she anchored the Australian women's team home. Williams touched the wall in second place, seven seconds behind Russia, before Freney slipped to third with only 50m to swim. However in shades of Ian Thorpe at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Freney motored home over the final 50m to secure gold by 0.03 seconds and set a new Oceania record.
The swimming gold was then complemented by the Australian women's wheelchair basketball team winning silver in their competition. Competing against Germany for the top spot, Australia battled valiantly before being edged out 44-58. NSWIS athletes Kylie Gauci, Katie Hill, Tina McKenzie and Sarah Stewart were all part of the silver medal winning team that went one medal better than Beijing four years ago.
The NSWIS medal tally now stands at 10 gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals.
A further three NSWIS athletes were competing in the swimming events on day nine. Williams finished seventh in the women's S9 100m freestyle before winning relay gold; Prue Watt finished fifth in the women's SM13 200m individual medley; Sean Russo claimed eighth place in the men's SM13 200m individual medley, and Reagan Wickens finished 12th in the men's S6 50m butterfly.
Finally on day nine, NSWIS athlete Ryley Batt and the Australian wheelchair rugby team continued on their charge to the gold medal with a solid 58-43 win over Belgium. Batt scored 29 goals in the victory, with the team now scheduled to play Japan in the semi-final.