Maddison Elliott is just like any other teenager. She is a chatterbox with her friends and likes playing on her iPhone, but unlike most girls her age, Maddison is making a giant splash on the international Para-swimming stage.

At age 13, Maddison became the youngest Australian Paralympian ever to win a gold medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay at London 2012. Adding to the triumph, she won a silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m and 400m freestyle. Her results from her debut Games were recognised when she was presented the Junior Athlete of the Year award at the 2012 Paralympian of the Year Awards.  Maddison also enjoyed brief worldwide fame at the Games when she was snapped meeting Great Britain’s Prince Harry in the stands at the Paralympic swimming pool.

Having made her mark internationally, Maddison backed up her incredible Paralympic performance when she …

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Date of birth
3 November 1998
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
How acquired
Birth
Residence
Gillieston Heights, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2009
Sport career highlights

Breaking the 100m freestyle S8 world record at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Greatest sporting moments

Becoming the youngest Australian to win a Paralympic gold medal

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m butterfly Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S8

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