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Madison
Wilson
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 May 1994
Height
179 cm
Weight
61 kg
Family
Partner Kyle Chalmers
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student, Volunteer
Languages
English
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Griffith University: Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport Specific Information

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."
Club / Team
Marion Swim Club: Adelaide, SA, AUS
Name of coach
Peter Bishop [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

General Interest

Nicknames
Willo, Madi, Willa (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016; swimswam.com, 15 Jan 2016; olympic.com.au, 2010)
Hobbies
Yoga, spending time with her dogs. (olympics.com.au, 14 Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Susie O'Neill. (sydneycatholic.org, 19 Jul 2013)
Injuries
She was taken to hospital with suspected appendicitis whilst 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)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live your dream." (singapore2010.olympics.com.au, 2010)
Awards and honours
She was presented with an Order of Australia in January 2017. (griffith.edu.au, 27 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Kyle Chalmers is an Australian swimmer who won three medals, one gold and two bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swimswam.com, 11 May 2018; olympic.org, 2018)
Other information
PHOBIA
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)