Maddison Elliott

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Stroke before birth
Date of Birth
Tue, 03/11/1998
Home
Gillieston Heights, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2009
Games Experience
London 2012
Heroes
Ellie Cole and Teigan van Roosmalen
Career Highlights
Being ranked 1st in the world for the S8 50m backstroke, winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at London 2012
Greatest Moment
Being ranked 1st in the world for the S8 50m backstroke

Bio

Maddison Elliott is just like any teenager. She likes to skip, talk to her friends and play with her ipad. But unlike most girls her age, Maddison is making a splash on the international swimming stage.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy that affects her right side when she was four, at 13 Maddison became the youngest Australian Paralympian to win a gold medal in London, when she won gold as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay as well as silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m and 400m freestyle.

Having completed a stunning debut Games campaign, Maddison also enjoyed brief worldwide fame when she was snapped meeting Great Britain’s Prince Harry in the stands at the Paralympic swimming pool.

Since her junior international debut at the 2009 Youth Paralympic Games in Melbourne, Maddison has been one to watch in the pool. She won five gold medals in Melbourne then competed at the 2011 Oceania Paralympic Championships before taking on girls her own age at the Australian Multi-Class Age Swimming Championships in Canberra, where she won three gold medals, five silver and one bronze.

Maddison looks to Olympic and Paralympic swimmers Alicia Coutts, Ellie Cole and Teigan van Roosmalen for inspiration and says she wouldn’t be half the swimmer she is if it wasn’t for her mother and grandmother who do everything for her.

With her first Games now behind her, Maddison has set herself a goal of competing at five more Paralympics before retiring at the ripe age of 33.




Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m freestyle
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m freestyle
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 400m freestyle
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m butterfly
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m butterfly
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m backstroke
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m breaststroke
Classification: SB8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke
Classification: SB8
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m individual medley
Classification: SM8