Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Left arm limb deficiency
Date of Birth
December 8, 1988
Ferntree Gully, VIC
Student, athlete
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012

Career Highlights

Winning bronze in Beijing and winning gold at 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships

Greatest Moment

Winning bronze medals at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games


While Madeleine Hogan is a world leading F46 javelin thrower, this does not adequately describe the depths of her talent. She is also a state level cricketer, skilled golfer, dedicated university student and is proficient at playing the piano. Not a bad list.

Madeleine came to fame at her first Paralympic Games in Beijing, taking home the bronze medal. As a 19-year-old, she smashed her personal best by almost four metres to pocket Australia’s first athletics medal of the 2008 Games. It rates among the highlights of her career.

Since Beijing, Madeleine has gone from strength to strength. After intensifying her training schedule with coach and Paralympian John Eden, she has reaped the benefits. She signaled her improvement at the 2009 National Championships, which she dually won.

But it was 2011 that was Madeleine’s breakthrough year. At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, she won gold in the javelin, leading from start to finish in beating the rest of the field by 4m. Her world champion status has Madeleine marked as an athlete to watch out for at London 2012.

Maintaining her status, Madeleine celebrated stellar success again at London 2012 where she threw 38.85cm in her class, to win bronze.

Madeleine balances her sporting commitments with university, currently studying Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University. But that’s not to say she doesn’t enjoy some relaxation time. Not many people can claim that they have spent an entire 40 minute remedial massage laughing.

Prior to making her mark in the javelin world, Madeleine was a keen cricketer and represented her state twice in the Under 19 National Championships for women’s cricket. Getting off the mark from her second ball against NSW in the 05/06 final was one of her proudest moments.

Based on the above description you wouldn’t think Madeleine was also a pianist, but that’s precisely what she does to unwind. She says it’s tricky, but she is actually really good. After teaching herself Beethoven’s ‘7th Symphony 2nd movement theme’, Madeleine hopes to master Mozart’s ‘Allegro from Piano Sonata in B Flat k333’.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Javelin Classification: F46