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Madeline GROVES
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born25 May 1995 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.79 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Law - Bond University: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
"I learnt to swim when I was very young because it's an important life skill, and I began swimming competitively in high school."
Club / Team
Moreton Bay: Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Maddie, Maddy Butterfly, Mad, Mad Dog, Machine Gun (Twitter profile, 22 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 19 Nov 2016; olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016, 20 Jan 2013; foxsports.com.au, 17 Jul 2014)
Hobbies
Kayaking. (gc2018.com, 01 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill, US tennis player Serena Williams. (gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Injuries
A shoulder problem affected her performances in September 2015. (couriermail.com.au, 29 Jul 2015)

She suffered neck and shoulder pain in 2014 that was later diagnosed as clenched jaw. The problem was resolved by an orthodontist. (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't let anyone dull your sparkle." (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named Sportswoman of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2018 at the Bond University Blues Awards in Australia. (bond.edu.au, 02 Nov 2018; swimswam.com, 28 Nov 2016; sport.bond.edu.au, 13 Nov 2015)
Other information
CULTURE ALLEGATIONS
She has criticised Swimming Australia as having a "misogynistic culture" and social media posts and comments that she made about the organisation lead to the formation in mid-2021 of an independent panel to investigate her concerns. She also opted out of the Australian trials for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo during the same period. "It was disappointing to miss out on an opportunity like that [Olympic trials] but the potential rewards absolutely outweighs the risk. But it's worth it. If this independent panel can have some meaningful outcomes that make the sport safer and more enjoyable for all stakeholders, not just women and girls, that is more valuable than an Olympic medal." (swimswam.com, 03 Sep 2021)

CONDITION
In 2017 she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful condition in which tissue similar to the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it. She had surgery immediately after diagnosis, and required further operations in 2018 and 2020 to alleviate the problem. She became an ambassador for EndometriosisQld in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. "I literally thought my appendix was exploding. My mum booked me in to see an endometriosis specialist the next day [after diagnosis], and I had surgery that evening. I also found out I had quite developed adenomyosis and was told I wouldn't be able to get pregnant if I tried, at that stage. I went on all of this medication, and this was about three months before the [2018] Commonwealth Games trials. The pain of adenomyosis actually feels like you are being stabbed in the uterus and someone is very slowly twisting that knife." (Twitter profile, 11 May 2021; insidethegames.biz, 27 Apr 2020)

TAKING A BREAK
She quit the sport for about 18 months from 2011 before returning following encouragement from coach Michael Bohl. (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016; couriermail.com.au, 29 Jan 2014)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 58.17
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 2:04.88
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:08.00
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 58.17
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 57.49
8 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 54.55
7 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:08.58
8 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.93
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 25.71
9 2016   Overall  
4 2016 Beijing, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.24
3 2016 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 2:06.68
5 2016 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 26.48
2 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 52.06
2 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly 2:05.30
5 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 26.01
2 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:52.52
2 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 55.97
2 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 24.32
2 2016 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.41
3 2016 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.34
2 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Freestyle 1:54.46
3 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 57.63
6 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 25.00
3 2016 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.89
1 2016 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:03.34
3 2016 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 26.14
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 54.43
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 2:06.77
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:54.53
3 2016 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 57.86
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 24.88
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.90
2 2016 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.44
2 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:55.17
4 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Butterfly 57.91
3 2016 Paris, FRA 200m Freestyle 1:55.44
3 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Butterfly 56.77
3 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Freestyle 24.49
3 2016 Paris, FRA 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.71
8 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 25.01
5 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:55.86
7 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Butterfly 59.41
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.97
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.04
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:55.16
8 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 58.31
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Butterfly 2:04.65
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.29