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Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Madison Janssen, from 2015
Further Personal Information
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Osteopath
Higher education
Osteopathy - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology [RMIT]: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up para-cycling in August 2014.
Why this sport?
She was competing in international para-skiing and para-athletics, but was searching for a new challenge. "I was looking to a new sport and just fell in love with track cycling. It has a few of the similar elements to skiing, being speed and adrenaline, so I'm loving it."
Name of coach
Peter Day [national], AUS
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Montichiari, ITA
General Interest
Jess (, 12 Mar 2010)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (, 07 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol
Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi, Australian long jumper Gary Honey. (, 13 Jul 2009;, 12 Mar 2010)
She was concussed after falling in February 2014, a month ahead of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. She experienced dizziness and high blood pressure while competing at the Games, which was linked to the previous concussion. (, 12 Mar 2014)

In June 2012 she tore the meniscus in her knee while training. She recovered from the injury in time to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, but had knee surgery afterwards. (, 19 Oct 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Why follow paths lived by others when you can create your own path and destiny." (, 04 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Female Sportsperson of the Year at the Victorian Para-Sport and Recreation Awards in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (, 05 Dec 2014)

In 2010 she was named the Female Australian Paralympian of the Year. (, 04 Nov 2011)
Other sports
She won bronze in para-alpine skiing at both the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. She also competed in para-athletics [javelin and long jump] at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She participated for the Australian U16 netball team, and also represented the state of Victoria in basketball. (, 2016;, 11 Jan 2013)
Famous relatives
Her mother Doreen has won six gold medals at world indoor rowing championships. (, 12 March 2010)
To become the first Australian athlete to win a medal at the summer and winter Paralympic Games. (, 31 May 2016)
She was born with macular dystrophy. (, 16 Mar 2010)
Other information
In 2012 she became the first athlete to represent Australia at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games, after competing in long jump and javelin in London and alpine skiing at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. She was the first Australian woman to win a medal at a Paralympic Winter Games, claiming bronze in the slalom in 2010 in Vancouver. She was also the first Australian woman to win medals at international level in both winter and summer para-sports, first winning bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and then silver in long jump at the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. (, 04 Jul 2013;, 2012;, 19 Oct 2012)

She attended the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing as a medical administrator. She had intended to compete in long jump and shot put, but was told her visual impairment was not severe enough. She has also worked as a global ambassador for Vision 2020, which aims to prevent avoidable blindness all over the world. In October 2012 she visited Vietnam to experience the programmes set up by the organisation. (, 04 Oct 2013;, 31 Oct 2012;, 15 Mar 2010;, 13 Jul 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2012 Javelin Throw F12/13 33.56
5 2012 Long Jump F13 5.03
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2011 Javelin Throw F13 33.75
2 2011 Long Jump F13 5.51
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:04.35
7 2010 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:24.64
7 2014 Slalom - Visually Impaired 2:42.55
3 2014 Giant Slalom - Visually Impaired 3:02.11