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Madison WILSON
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderWomen
Born31 May 1994 in Roma, AUS
Height1.79 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Adelaide, SA, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Griffith University: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in Rockhampton, QLD, Australia. She decided to pursue a career as a swimmer at age 14 when she moved to Brisbane to train under coach Michael Bohl.
Why this sport?
"My grandparents ran a swimming pool and my parents were always around water as children so it followed that I would be put into lessons from a young age. In 2008 after watching Steph Rice, Libby Trickett and Leisel Jones win gold medals in the Beijing Olympics, it was then I knew that representing Australian was my dream."
Club / Team
Marion Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Peter Bishop [club], AUS
Training Regime
She practises yoga to maintain her fitness.
General Interest
Nicknames
Willo, Madi, Willa (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016; swimswam.com, 15 Jan 2016; olympic.com.au, 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (sydneycatholic.org, 19 Jul 2013)
Injuries
She was taken to hospital with suspected appendicitis while still in Brazil after she had finished competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was released from hospital soon after but missed a trip to Europe where she was due to compete. (smh.com.au, 23 Aug 2016)

She broke her arm in several places after falling into an empty swimming pool as an adolescent. (sydneycatholic.org, 19 Jul 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 2019 South Australia Sports Institute awards. (sasi.sa.gov.au, 11 Nov 2019)

In January 2017 she was presented with an Order of Australia in January 2017. (griffith.edu.au, 27 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Kyle Chalmers has represented Australia in swimming, and won one gold and two bronze medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimswam.com, 21 Jan 2020; olympic.org, 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 08 Dec 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She and her partner Kyle Chalmers run Strive Swim Clinics in Adelaide, SA, Australia. (striveswimclinics.com, 01 Jan 2019; adelaidenow.com.au, 08 Dec 2018)

SLIDING INTO THE POOL
She has a phobia of jumping into water. "When I was just a baby my grandparents owned a swim school, and I think water was just sort of forced upon me at such a young age. Then I used to get to a swimming [meet] and not really want to hop in when I raced. I would hold onto the blocks and sort of slide, and that's kind of what I still do now. It is the way I do it. I'd be scared to do it any other way." (usatoday.com, 08 Aug 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:56.39
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:41.29
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 59.23
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:41.50
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:48.51
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:25.51
6 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 27.92
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 58.75
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.48
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 2:02.67
4 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 56.37
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 26.65
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:38.59
2 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:50.31
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 51.98
3 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 24.04
1 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:54.00
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.96
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 52.16
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:53.82
5 2019 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 25.06
2 2019 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:57.44
4 2019 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 53.94
1 2019 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:24.89
27 2018   Overall Ranking  
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 59.87
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:56.15
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 4:08.51
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 27.33
7 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 53.68
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.57
5 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:55.77
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Freestyle 1:54.39
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 27.20
6 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 2:06.83
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 57.53
4 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 52.69
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.04
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:54.45
8 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 27.36
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:05.80
15 2014   Overall  
3 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.74
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:02.81
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 57.94
5 2014 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 26.81
2 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:02.87
3 2014 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 57.34
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 57.78
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 27.02
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 2:04.42
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.23
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.78
6 2013 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 27.15
8 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:08.46
5 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 57.71
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.25