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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
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Maitland, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in swimming in 2009.
Why this sport?
Swimming was a form of therapy for her impairment. She also found it a good way to make new friends.
General Interest
Nicknames
Maddie, Maddi (Facebook profile, 19 Dec 2018; theherald.com.au, 13 Nov 2018)
Hobbies
Motorsport. (Facebook profile, 19 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Paul Sharman, and her family. (paralympic.org.au, 09 Dec 2016)
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)

In 2012 and 2013 she was named Sportsperson of the Year in Maitland, NSW, Australia. (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)
Milestones
At age 13 she became Australia's youngest Paralympic gold medallist when she was part of the team that finished first in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org.au, 09 Dec 2016)

She is the first S8 female swimmer from any nation to swim the 50m freestyle in under 30 seconds. She achieved the feat at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, recording a time of 29.73s in the S8 final to win gold. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Feb 2019; swimswam.com, 01 Oct 2016; qt.com.au, 17 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at a total of five Paralympic Games over the course of her career. (paralympic.org.au, 09 Dec 2016)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age four. The condition affects the right side of her body. (paralympic.org.au, 09 Dec 2016)
Other information
RECLASSIFICATION
In June 2017 she was reclassified to the S9 category from the S8 category. The change meant she missed the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. "I'm actually not competing in Mexico because I had classification back in June and with the change in classification, they took me off the team. It is disappointing because I was looking forward to going to Mexico this year but these things happen and there's nothing you can do about it." (goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 17 Sep 2017)

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