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DE ROZARIO Madison
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthPerth, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Education, Sports Science - Murdoch University: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up wheelchair racing in 2006 in her hometown of Perth, WA, Australia.
Why this sport?
After trying wheelchair basketball and tennis, she was encouraged to take up Para athletics by Australian Paralympian Frank Ponta.
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS]: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Louise Sauvage [personal], AUS, from 2008
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing, CHN
General Interest
Nicknames
Bandit [because of the tattoo on her left arm]. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hobbies
Sketching. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T53/54 4x100m relay at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and claiming bronze in the T53 800m at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racers Louise Sauvage and Angie Ballard. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Injuries
She was unable to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, due to her developing deep vein thrombosis while flying to participate at the Games. She returned to competition in January 2015. (au.news.yahoo.com, 26 Mar 2015)

She had major surgery in 2009. (wheelchairsportswa.org.au, 02 Sep 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Those who reach can touch the stars." (paralympic.org.au, 10 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Sports Star of the Year in 2015 and 2016 by the Wheelchair Sports Western Australia Association [WSWA]. (wheelchairsportswa.org.au, 16 Nov 2015; 23 Nov 2016)

She was named the Junior Sports Star of the Year in 2008 and 2010 by the WSWA. (wheelchairsportswa.org.au, 02 Sep 2011)
Impairment
She contracted transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder which causes inflammation of the spinal cord, at age four. She first experienced paralysis in her feet and by the time she had reached the hospital, she had lost the ability to move her arms. Doctors reversed the effects from her waist up but she has had paraplegia ever since. (news.com.au, 04 Sep 2012)
Other information
RIO RELAY
She was part of the Australian women's T53/54 4x400m relay team that initially finished third at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, behind teams from the Peoples' Republic of China and the United States. But the Australians were disqualified after the race due to one of their racers straying out of their lane. The Australian team lodged an official protest that was upheld by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], who disqualified the United States team for interference and promoted the reinstated Australians to silver. (IPC Results Database, 2017; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 16 Sep 2016; paralympic.org.au, 16 Sep 2016)

YOUNGEST IN BEIJING
At age 14 she was the youngest Australian athlete to compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (au.news.yahoo.com, 26 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 100m T54 17.21
10 2008 400m T54 59.78
2 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 1:01.91
5 2012 100m T53 17.60
4 2012 800m T53 1:53.65
6 2012 200m T53 30.33
6 2012 400m T53 58.42
5 2016 1500m T54 3:24.33
4 2016 5000m T54 11:54.46
2 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:46.63
2 2016 800m T53 1:47.64
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2011 100m T53 18.09
5 2011 200m T53 31.60
5 2011 400m T53 1:02.39
5 2013 5000m T54 12:09.83
3 2013 800m T53 1:53.93
7 2013 1500m T54 3:35.60
3 2015 1500m T54 3:42.03
1 2015 800m T53 1:53.86
4 2015 5000m T54 12:11.44
3 2017 1500m T54 3:25.56
1 2017 5000m T54 12:33.48
2 2017 800m T53 1:54.88
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 1500m T54 3:34.06
1 2018 Marathon T54 1:44:00