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Madi is a three-time Paralympian and a World Champion in wheelchair racing, while Nic is an accomplished Para-triathlete, having made his Paralympic debut in Rio in 2016. Both are medal contenders at the Commonwealth Games. Hear more about their stories below.
Madison
De Rozario
Date of birth
24 November 1993
Sport
Para-athletics
Discipline/event
800m, 1500m, 5000m, 4x400m relay
Classification
T53
Disability
Physical Impairment - Paraplegia
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Residence
Success, WA
First competed in your sport
2006
First competed for Australia
2008
Past Paralympic Games
Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
Sport career highlight
Winning silver in the 4x100m relay at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
First competed for Australia
2008
Greatest sporting moment
Racing alongside Angie Ballard when she broke the 400m world record at the 2015 IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland
Heroes/role models
Louise Sauvage and Angie Ballard

Madison de Rozario is one of the most promising young athletes in wheelchair racing. As the youngest competitor in the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team, 14-year-old Madison was stoked to be a part of the 4x100m relay team that won silver. She also raced well enough to compete in the final of the 100m event.

At the age of four, Madison acquired transverse myelitis, a neurological disease inflaming the spinal cord, but it wasn't until she was 12-years-old that she got her first look into the world of Paralympic sport. After initially trying her hand at wheelchair tennis and basketball, Australian Paralympic legend, Frank Ponta, encouraged her to take up racing.

In 2009 Madison was named the WA Junior Sports Star of the Year, a moment she still considers one of her greatest triumphs, and at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, following just a few weeks recovery from illness, she set a new Australian record in the 200m.

The Western Australian came close to winning a second Paralympic medal at the London Games, crossing for fourth in the 800m ahead of her hero and training partner, Angie Ballard. Madison admires Angie for her dedication and hard work, and says that racing alongside her when she broke the 400m world record is by far her greatest sporting moment.

Under the tutelage of wheelchair racing great, Louise Sauvage, Madison cemented her place among the world's best when she won bronze in the 800m at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France and took out the world title in the same event in 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

Madison moved one step closer to achieving her dream of Paralympic gold when she won individual silver at the 2016 Games in Rio. She also placed third in the 4x400m relay but was disqualified, before successfully appealing the decision and being reinstated to second.

Nicknamed 'Bandit' after the tattoo on her left arm, Madison is currently studying Bachelors of Sports Science and Secondary Education at Murdoch University. She has previously studied graphic design and in her spare time likes to produce digital sketches.

Madison's ultimate goal is to balance a full-time education and sporting career, and to achieve a world record in one of her pet events.


Nic
Beveridge
Date of birth
14 July 1987
Sport
Para-triathlon
Classification
PTHC1
Disability
Physical Impairment - Incomplete paraplegia
How acquired
Transverse myelitis
Residence
Auchenflower, QLD
Occupation
Digital communications manager
Home club
University of Queensland
First competed in your sport
2013
First competed for Australia
2013
Past Paralympic Games
Rio 2016
Sport career highlight
Being selected to represent Australia at the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series in London, England
Greatest sporting moment
Placing ninth at the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada
Most influential person
His best friend and Bill Chaffey
Favourite quote
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got - Mark Twain

Nic Beveridge was 17-years-old when he woke one morning to discover he was completely paralysed from the waist down. Diagnosed with transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder characterised by the inflammation of the spinal cord, it was several weeks before Nic began regaining movement in his legs. Though he is now able to stand for short periods of time, doctors are still at a loss as to the cause of his disorder.

Once a dominant presence on the cross country track, in the pool and on the hockey field, it wasn't until a stint in hospital during the London 2012 Paralympic Games that Nic began researching his options in Para-sport. Inspired by five-time Para-triathlon world champion Bill Chaffey, Nic contacted Triathlon Queensland and was classified.

He made his international debut in 2013 at the ITU World Triathlon Series in London, England. Although disappointed with his 17th place finish, the Championships were the first time he met Bill in person and remain one of the highlights of his career. On arrival home from London, Nic says that he could name Australian teammates Bill, Brant Garvey and Justin Godfrey among his closest friends.

Coached by Vince Kelly and determined to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where Para-triathlon would make its debut, Nic placed ninth at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton, Canada the following year, ninth in 2015 and 11th 
in 2016.

Making his Paralympic Games debut in Rio, Nic finished ninth in a field of 10 after placing seventh in the swim leg and dropping to last during the cycle.

Outside of training and competition, Nic loves to travel and is embracing the opportunities he has to see the world through sport.