Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Date of Birth
November 24, 1993
Home
Success, WA
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2008
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Her coach, Louise Sauvage, and Angie Ballard

Career Highlights

Winning silver in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and winning bronze in the 800m at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon

Greatest Moment

Racing alongside Angie Ballard when she broke the 400m world record at the 2015 IPC Athletes Grand Prix in Nottwil

Bio

Madison de Rozario is one of the most promising young athletes in wheelchair racing. As the youngest competitor in the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team, 14-year-old Madison was stoked to be a part of the 4x100m relay team that won silver. She also raced well enough to compete in the final of the 100m event.

At the age of four, Madison acquired transverse myelitis, a neurological disease inflaming the spinal cord, but it wasn’t until she was 12-years-old that she got her first look into the world of Paralympic sport. After initially trying her hand at wheelchair tennis and basketball, Australian Paralympic legend, Frank Ponta, encouraged her to take up racing.

In 2009 Madison was named the WA Junior Sports Star of the Year, a moment she still considers one of her greatest triumphs, and at the 2011 IPC World Championships, following just a few weeks recovery from illness, she set a new Australian record in the 200m.

The Western Australian came close to winning a second Paralympic medal at the London Games, crossing for 4th in the 800m ahead of her hero and training partner, Angie Ballard. Madison admires Angie for her dedication and hard work, and says that racing alongside her when she broke the 400m world record is by far her greatest sporting moment.

Under the tutelage of wheelchair racing great, Louise Sauvage, Madison cemented her place among the world’s best when she won bronze in the 800m at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon and took out the world title in the same event in 2015 in Doha.

Madison moved one step closer to achieving her dream of Paralympic gold when she won individual silver at the 2016 Games in Rio. Madison, Angie, Christie Dawes and Jemima Moore, the same team that took to the track eight years earlier, placed 3rd in the 4x400m relay but were disqualified, before successfully appealing the decision and being reinstated to 2nd.

Nicknamed ‘Bandit’ after the tattoo on her left arm, Madison is currently studying Bachelors of Sports Science and Secondary Education at Murdoch University. She has previously studied graphic design and in her spare time likes to produce digital sketches.

Madison’s ultimate goal is to balance a full-time education and sporting career, and to achieve a world record in one of her pet events.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 800m Classification: T53
  • Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T53
  • Disciplines: 5000m Classification: T53
  • Disciplines: 4x400m relay Classification: T53