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DE ROZARIO Madison
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthPerth, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
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. "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
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Beijing, CHN
General Interest
Nicknames
Madi, Bandit [because of the tattoo on her left arm]. (elle.com.au, 10 Apr 2018; paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hobbies
Cats, digital artwork. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the T54 5000m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (honey.nine.com.au, 29 Jun 2019)
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, after 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
"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." (elle.com.au, 10 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement award at the 2018 Unisport Australia Awards. (news.griffith.edu.au, 05 Dec 2018)

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)
Milestones
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; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Oct 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (smh.com.au, 03 Mar 2017)
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 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; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 16 Sep 2016; paralympic.org.au, 16 Sep 2016)

BEIJING EXPERIENCE
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." (elle.com.au, 10 Apr 2018)

EDUCATION
She has also taken up a bachelor's degree in business at Griffith University in Australia. (elle.com.au, 10 Apr 2018)

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
2 2019 1500m T54 3:34.30
1 2019 800m T53 1:52.15
2 2019 5000m T54 12:14.62
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 1500m T54 3:34.06
1 2018 Marathon T54 1:44:00
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 Marathon T54 1:49:43