As the youngest competitor in the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team, 14-year-old Madison was stoked to be a part of the 4x100m relay team that won silver in addition to competing in the 100m final. In 2009, Madi was named the WA Junior Sports Star of the Year, a moment she still considers one of her greatest triumphs.
At the age of four, Madison acquired transverse myelitis, a neurological disease inflaming the spinal cord, but it wasn’t until she was 12-years-old that she got her first look into the world of Paralympic sport. After initially trying her hand at wheelchair tennis and basketball, Australian Paralympic legend, Frank Ponta, encouraged her to take up racing.
At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, following just a few weeks recovery from illness, she set a new Australian record in the 200m.
The Western Australian came close to winning a second Paralympic medal at the 2012 London Games, crossing for fourth in the 800m ahead of her hero and training partner, Angela Ballard. Madison admires Angela for her dedication and hard work and says that racing alongside her when she broke the 400m world record is by far her greatest sporting moment.
Under the tutelage of wheelchair racing great, Louise Sauvage, Madison cemented her place among the world’s best when she won bronze in the 800m at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France and took out the world title in the same event in 2015 in Doha, Qatar.
She was selected for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games but was unable to compete due to developing deep vein thrombosis while flying to participate in the Games which also delayed her return to Australia for many weeks after the Games until a doctor cleared her for travel.
Madi won individual silver in the T54 800m at the 2016 Games in Rio as well as contributing to the 4x400m relay team’s bronze.
In July 2017 at the London at the World Para Athletics Championships, Madi achieved her best result at a major championship, winning gold, silver and bronze. She opened her campaign with bronze in the 1500m, followed by gold in the 5000m and silver in the 800m. The 5000m was an event her coach, Louise Sauvage won twice (1994 and 1998).
Madi’s medal in London in the T54 1500m earned her automatic selection for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
At the Games Madi was simply stunning winning two gold medals, first on the track over 1500m then on the final day of the Games with a dominant win in the marathon.
Just after the Games, Madi headed overseas and won her maiden London Marathon with a thrilling push to the line in the closing stages.
At the annual Swiss Wheelchair racing series, Madi's brilliant form continued when she equalled American Tatyana McFadden's world record in the 1500m with a stunning 3.13.27.
Nicknamed ‘Bandit’ after the tattoo on her left arm, Madison is currently studying Bachelor of Sports Science and Secondary Education at Murdoch University. She has previously studied graphic design and in her spare time likes to produce digital sketches. Madi’s goal is to balance a full-time education and sporting career and to achieve a world record in one of her pet events.