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ELLIOTT Maddison
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthNewcastle, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
Swimming was a form of therapy for her impairment. She also found it a good way to make new friends.
Club / Team
NU Swim : Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Paul Sharman [club]; Leigh Nugent [national], AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Maddie (Facebook page, 16 Apr 2015)
Hobbies
Listening to music, shopping, spending time with family. (newcastleanglican.org.au, 31 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matt Cowdrey. (paralympic.org, 27 Dec 2013)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the 2016 Female Paralympian of the Year award by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (paralympic.org, 09 Dec 2016)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year, Regional Athlete of the Year and Mizuno Junior Athlete of the Year at the 2016 New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS] Awards in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Nov 2016)

She received the 2015 Paralympic Swimmer of the Year award from Swimming Australia. (swimswam.com, 05 Sep 2015)

In 2015 she was named Young Athlete of the Year with an Impairment at the New South Wales Sport Awards in Australia. (theherald.com.au, 20 Feb 2015)

She received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2014. (maitlandmercury.com.au, 26 Jan 2014)

She was named Maitland Sportsperson of the Year in 2012 and 2013. (maitlandmercury.com.au, 02 Apr 2014)

She was named the 2012 Young Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (maitlandmercury.com.au, 26 Jan 2014)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age four. The condition affects the right side of her body. (sportforwomen.com.au, 11 Nov 2013)
Other information
CLASS FIRST
At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro she became the first S8 female swimmer from any nation to swim the 50m freestyle event in under 30 seconds. "It's been three years that I've been trying to break the 30 (second mark), and to be able to do that at the Paralympic Games, I'm really happy." (swimswam.com, 01 Oct 2016; qt.com.au, 17 Sep 2016)

YOUNGEST MEDALLIST
At age 13 at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London she became Australia's youngest Paralympic gold medallist when she was part of the team that finished first in the 4x100m relay. She also became Australia's youngest Paralympic medallist after winning an individual silver and bronze prior to her relay gold in London. (maitlandmercury.com.au, 30 Oct 2013; abc.net.au, 04 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2012 100m Butterfly S8 1:15.06
3 2012 400m Freestyle S8 5:09.36
2 2012 50m Freestyle S8 31.44
1 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:20.39
6 2012 100m Backstroke S8 1:23.25
7 2012 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:59.26
3 2012 100m Freestyle S8 1:08.37
4 2016 400m Freestyle S8 5:02.13
6 2016 100m Butterfly S8 1:13.80
1 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:04.73
2 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:17.16 
1 2016 50m Freestyle S8 29.73 
1 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:16.65 WR
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:49.67 
2 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:45.85
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:47.76
2 2013 400m Freestyle S8 5:04.55
5 2013 100m Butterfly S8 1:15.59
1 2013 100m Freestyle S8 1:05.85
1 2013 50m Freestyle S8 30.31
Heats 2013 100m Backstroke S9 1:22.41
Heats 2015 100m Backstroke S9 1:25.42
3 2015 100m Butterfly S8 1:14.20
1 2015 100m Freestyle S8 1:04.71
1 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:24.17
2 2015 400m Freestyle S8 5:01.69
1 2015 100m Backstroke S8 1:17.93
1 2015 50m Freestyle S8 30.52
Heats 2015 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:59.62
2 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:53.88
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Freestyle S8 1:05.32