Madison de Rozario

Madison de Rozario

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Meet Madison

Signet is sitting in the Madison de Rozario room at Sydney's Olympic Park, joined by the champion wheelchair racer herself, Madison de Rozario. As she settles in, Madison addresses her all-too-common interview topic – her disability. “Honestly, I think my disability is the least interesting thing about me.” Madison, a nine-time gold medallist, recipient of the Order of Australia Medal and two-time world record holder, sets the record straight from the start, as we go on to chat about her career to date and the importance of competitive sport for young women.

“Honestly, I think my disability is the least interesting thing about me.”

“94% of women in C-suite roles (Senior Executives) all played sport past the age of 16. If we can keep girls in sport past that age, we're going to see more women in decision making roles and making decisions for people that look just like them. I believe we can apply the same lens to a disability or minority group that any one of us could belong to.”

Madison made her international debut in the 4x100 metre event at the 2008 Beijing Games when she was just 14 years old and won her first silver medal. Under the guidance of her hero and mentor, Louise Sauvage, she went on to specialise in middle and long-distance events, winning her first gold and World Championship title in 2015. With Sauvage in her corner, Madison has won a total of nine gold, six silver and five bronze medals in some of the world's biggest competitions.

Competitive sports played a significant role in shaping Madison’s identity, and she believes it could do the same for other young women, helping foster confidence and other qualities that are crucial for women in leadership roles.

“I believe sport can be a direct path from participating as kids to decision-making roles as adults. Sport is the easiest way to foster confidence, health, and direction in young Australians. The qualities that make us good at sport and the qualities that make us good decision makers and leaders, are not traditionally qualities that society encourages in girls. Sport demands that we be loud, competitive, and confident and I believe you can still do those things in a very feminine way.”

It was wheelchair racing that gave Madison an appreciation for her own body as she came to understand it was perfect for her sport and doing something that she truly loved.

"I went from hating my body to realising it was perfect for the sport I loved. I discovered exactly how far I could push myself."

“It helped me discover autonomy, respect for my physical and mental self. I went from hating my body to realising it was perfect for the sport I loved. I discovered exactly how far I could push myself. I believe the fundamental skills that we're forced to learn through sport are applicable to every single part of our lives.”

As Madsion prepares to compete again in 2024, she describes the euphoric feeling of putting on her Green and Gold and having the nations support no matter where she is competing in the world.

“When I'm racing overseas now, the minute I put on that Australian uniform, I feel the support that's behind me from fans of the sport around the world. The energy is unreal and completely different to anything else.”

“Going into the upcoming games, I'm so grateful to have sponsors like Signet, cheering me on and supporting me on my journey to bring home gold”.

We’re proud to support Madison de Rozario as a member of Team Signet. Join us as we get behind her, the rest of the team, and over 60,000 Aussie businesses all chasing their own dreams.

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