1984-Madison de Rozario photo

Madison de Rozario



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

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. "At first I was horrible at everything. I was so uncoordinated. Eventually I tried athletics and I wasn't good to begin with. It's really difficult to get the hang of it, because none of it comes naturally. Even for someone who's used to being in a chair, pushing an actual race chair is a completely different feeling. Mum was like, 'If you want to stop and try something new, we can do that.' But I was stubborn and I was committed."
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS]: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Louise Sauvage [personal], AUS, from 2008
Training Regime
"My week is usually made up of six or seven chair sessions, and about three gym sessions. We really jump on the track as we sharpening up for competitions."

International debut

Competing for
Paralympic Games
Beijing, CHN

General interest

Madi, Bandit [because of the tattoo on her left arm]. (, 10 Apr 2018;, 2016)
Cats, digital artwork. (, 01 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 01 Oct 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (, 29 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racers Louise Sauvage and Angie Ballard. (, 2016)
She was unable to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, after developing deep vein thrombosis while flying to participate at the Games. She returned to competition in January 2015. (, 26 Mar 2015)

She had major surgery in 2009. (, 02 Sep 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Being a Para athlete isn't an alternative to being an athlete, it's its own set of sports. If I could tell people one thing, it'd be that, it's not a backup option." (, 10 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement award at the Unisport Australia Awards. (, 05 Dec 2018)

In 2015 and 2016 she was named Sports Star of the Year by the Wheelchair Sports Western Australia Association [WSWA]. (, 16 Nov 2015; 23 Nov 2016)

In 2008 and 2010 she was named the Junior Sports Star of the Year by the WSWA. (, 02 Sep 2011)
At age 14 she was the youngest Australian athlete to compete at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 26 Mar 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Oct 2019)
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. (, 04 Sep 2012)
Other information
In 2020 she was among several female athletes to be part of toy doll Barbie's 'Shero' series. She had a personalised doll designed in her honour, which was revealed on International Women's Day. "It was a lot of communication at first, just trying to like get the doll perfect. You know, with the race chair and all the measurements, and then the actual doll and all the features. I think younger me would have never believed it. That I, personally, would be a doll. But that someone that looks like me, would be so visible. So, honestly, it really is an amazing, amazing experience. The whole thing." (, 06 Mar 2020)

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 of America. 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 US team for interference and promoted the reinstated Australians to silver. (IPC Results Database, 2017;, 16 Sep 2016;, 16 Sep 2016)

Two years after taking up wheelchair racing, she debuted at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. "I actually wasn't supposed to be at Beijing. One of the girls fell pregnant so she dropped out and I was the fill in. In hindsight, I think the fact I was the sub made me race better because there weren't any expectations. Without the pressure, I was mostly competitive with myself." (, 10 Apr 2018)

In 2018 she started a bachelor's degree in business at Griffith University in Australia. (, 04 May 2020;, 10 Apr 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 4
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 8
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 5
Women's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-22 4
Women's 100 m T53 Final 2011-01-23 5
Women's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-24 3
Women's 200 m T53 Final 2011-01-25 5
Women's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-28 1
Women's 400 m T53 Final 2011-01-29 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 4
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-06 6
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-08 6
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 7
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 5
Women's 800 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-22 2
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-23 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-24 7
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 7
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-23 4
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 3
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-26 3
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-28 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-29 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-12 2
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-14 4
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Women's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2016-09-17 3
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-15 4
Women's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Women's 5000 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-22 1
Women's 800 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 2