The Young Australian of the year finalists, (back L-R), Julian O'Shea, Dr John van Bockxmeer, Daniel Flynn, Clare Smith, (front L-R), Jordyn Archer, Emily Osborne, Huy Nguyen, and Jacquelin Freney. Click for more photos

Young Australian of the Year luncheon

The Young Australian of the year finalists, (back L-R), Julian O'Shea, Dr John van Bockxmeer, Daniel Flynn, Clare Smith, (front L-R), Jordyn Archer, Emily Osborne, Huy Nguyen, and Jacquelin Freney. Photo: Rohan Thomson

  • The Young Australian of the year finalists, (back L-R), Julian O'Shea, Dr John van Bockxmeer, Daniel Flynn, Clare Smith, (front L-R), Jordyn Archer, Emily Osborne, Huy Nguyen, and Jacquelin Freney.
  • Joanne Freney, Jacqueline Freney, Emily Osborne, and Debbie Osborne.
  • Angela Li, Huy Nguyen, and Paul Balnaves.
  • Senator Scott Ryan, Clare Smith, and Sophie Clark.
  • Helen Stitt, Martin Hehir, and Louise Hanlon.
  • Jackie Allen and Fiona Thomas.
  • Maria Ciancio, Belinda Duffy, and Carolyn Ludovici.
  • Young Australian of the year finalist, the ACT's Huy Nguyen.

Jacqueline Freney, 21, was named Young Australian of the Year at the weekend.

On the eve of the announcement, Freney, who won eight gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, joined ACT's Huy Nguyen, founder of Enable Canberra, who was nominated for his work in the disability sector, and other finalists for lunch at the National Portrait Gallery.