Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Brachial plexus
Date of Birth
February 11, 1993
Canberra, ACT
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Greatest Moment

Grant Hackett making the 2015 World Champs team at age 34


Growing up in Perth, Madeleine Scott followed her older sisters into swimming. Her sisters were very competitive and so Madeleine decided to get involved when she was 13, was classified and the journey began.

She swam with her local club the Leisure Park Lasers until moving into the National Paralympic Squad at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2015. She now lives in Canberra and trains there under coach Yuriy Vdovychenko.

Madeleine first made waves when she broke the S9 world record for the 50m butterfly, swimming at the 2010 Australian Swimming Championships. The achievement saw her win the Wheelchair Sports Western Australia Junior Athlete of the Year award.

The following year she made her debut for Australia at the 2011 Para Pan Pacs in Edmonton, Canada. Three years later she realised her dream when she competed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Madeleine won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke and was also fourth in the 200m individual medley. Madeleine’s grandparents are Scottish making the experience even better for her.

At the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, Madeleine was part of the 4x100m medley relay team that produced a great come from behind swim to take home the silver medal. She was also fourth in the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley and sixth in the 100m butterfly.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scott won her first Paralympic silver medal in the 4 x 100m medley relay alongside Ellie Cole, Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson. She also competed in the 100m butterfly, 100m breaststroke and 300m individual medley but did not make the finals.

Madeleine looks up to Missy Franklin as her favourite sport star and now has her sights set on Tokyo 2020 with her ultimate goal being to go out, knowing she’s done everything she can. Outside of swimming she is studying to be a dental nurse.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S9