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Maddie goes for gold!

FAREWELL: Gillieston Heights swimmer Maddi Elliott sent off in style to her second Paralympics by school mates at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.

Year 12 student Maddison Elliott will tonight compete in her first event at this year’s Paralympics in Rio.

Maddison will race in the qualifier round of the 400m freestyle at 11pm local time. The final will be at 6.56am tomorrow.

Maddison, who has cerebral palsy, will compete in five solo events in Rio, with the possibility of two relay events.

At 17 years, Maddison is a veteran Paralympian, first competing at the 2012 London Paralympics. She was Australia’s youngest Paralympic medallist at just 13 years old. In London, she won gold in the women’s 4x100 metre freestyle relay, silver in the 50 metre freestyle and bronze in both the 100 metre and 400 metre freestyle events.

This time around, Maddison is chasing an individual gold medal. “To have an individual gold medal around my neck, standing on that podium, with a world record beside my name, it would be just unreal. I’m hoping that happens,” she said.

Maddison has the support of the whole school behind her. “Maddison is an outstanding athlete and student. We are all very proud of her achievements and will be cheering for her tonight,” Principal Mr Peter Moulds said.

“No matter the outcome, she’ll always be a hero in our eyes,” he said.

Maddison will be competing in the following events:

Event Date Time (Australian EST)
400m freestyle qualifier 8 September 11:00pm
400m freestyle final 9 September 6:56am
100m butterfly qualifier 10 September 12:47am
100m butterfly final 10 September 9:50am
100m freestyle qualifier 12 September 12:14am
100m freestyle final 12 September 8:53am
100m backstroke qualifier 14 September 12:18am
100m backstroke final 14 September 8:50am
4 x 100m freestyle qualifier 16 September 9:14am
50m freestyle qualifier 16 September 11:08pm
50m freestyle final 17 September 7:25am
4 x 100m freestyle final 17 September 9:43am
200m individual medley qualifier 17 September 11:06pm
200m individual medley final 18 September 6:58am