Year Awarded: 2014
Sport: AWD Swimming
Scholarship Holders

Maddison Elliott OAM - AWD Swimming

After qualifying for the Australian Short Course Championships at age 10, Elliott came under the watchful eye of Coach Brendan Keogh who saw she had huge potential to one day represent Australia.

In 2012 she qualified for the London Paralympic trials and successfully made the team. Competing at the Paralympics at only 13, it was to be a learning experience to prepare for Rio 2016, Elliott had other ideas. She qualified for every final, achieving personal best times in every race and winning 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in her freestyle events. Elliot became Australia's youngest gold medallist with a record breaking win in the women's 4x100m freestyle.

Recently at the IPC World Championships she came home a dual World Champion with 2 gold and 1 silver medal.

Maddie was made a Member of the Order of Australia - General Division (OAM) on January 26th 2014 for service to sport as a gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Mentor:  Layne Beachley AO
Hero:  Matthew Cowdrey

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