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Madison Wilson Walker

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T62, F62

Further personal information

Family
Partner Jordan Lee
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport while in grade nine at Lord Dorchester Secondary School in Dorchester, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
She initially took part in throwing disciplines. "I wasn't a big fan of running and I didn't have the blades back then. My coach told me there was a running category and I was interested in trying that out, so I got the blades made and I've been pretty much hooked ever since. It was something that I could be good at and help promote it to other people with disabilities."
Club / Team
London Western Track and Field Club: Canada

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Nicknames
Madie, Dub Dub ["My last name has two W's in it so my teammates started calling me that."] (Twitter profile, 21 May 2020; Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Going to the beach. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the women's T62 long jump world record in 2019. (hometownplay.ca, 23 Aug 2019)
Injuries
In 2017 she broke her arm. The injury did not prevent her from training, but she did not take part in any major competitions while recovering. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; hometownplay.ca, 23 Aug 2019)

She sustained a torn hip flexor in 2016 and needed four months to recover. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)

In 2016 she was out of action for one month after sustaining a dislocated knee. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always eat the same breakfast, have the same morning routine and I've always put my right leg on first and have never changed that." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Positive manifesting, if you work hard and tell yourself you are going to do well, then you will do well." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her partner Jordan Lee has represented Ireland in Para athletics. He won bronze in the T47 high jump at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and competed at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Instagram profile, 20 Feb 2021; Jordan Lee Instagram profile, 21 Feb 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 06 May 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
At age three she contracted meningitis. The effects of the illness resulted in the amputation of both her legs and some of the fingertips on her left hand. (thelondoner.ca, 17 Dec 2014; Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Other information
FRESH APPROACH
She says that adjustments to her training and nutrition led to an improvement in her performances in 2019. "Right from the first meet of this season [2019] I was able to be better than those [previous] standards. I was focusing on my training and putting more of an effort into the little things, like my sleep, nutrition, proper recovery time, treatment and taking my rest days more seriously. That's helped me perform better." (hometownplay.ca, 23 Aug 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an athlete representative on the board of directors at London Western Track and Field Club in Ontario, Canada. (londonwesterntfc.com, 21 Dec 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2015-10-23 14
Women's 400 m T44 Final 1 2015-10-28 6
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2015-10-29 15