Madeleine Hogan is an Account Coordinator with BlueScope. Born in Sydney on December 8th, 1988 missing her left forearm, she began playing cricket when she was 10 and continued through her adolescence until the age of 18, where she was playing at a National women’s level. Deciding she wanted to compete against girls who were just like her, missing an arm, Madeleine left the sport of cricket and took up throwing Javelin in the hope of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She represented Australia at the 2008 games, bringing home a Bronze medal.
Following the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Christchurch, where Madeleine won gold, she underwent an MCL restoration on her elbow to rectify a throwing injury which would see her be fit in time for the London 2012 Paralympics. Here she won again, a Bronze medal. 2013 saw selection for the next World Athletics Championships in Leon, France. Two weeks leading into her competition, Madeleine ruptured her knee ACL during a routine training session. She flew back to Australia to undergo reconstruction surgery. This coincided on the same day she was due to compete in France. Following 18 months of rehabilitation, Madeleine returned to form and qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Her ‘comeback’ games as a now senior, teammate saw her selected to be the flag bearer during the opening ceremony. Six days prior to her competition, Madeleine ruptured her right ACL during a throwing session. Devastated, Madeleine thought the rupture would see her Javelin career come to an end. Her hope of throwing in Rio 2016 had disappeared.
Although at this point the chance of recovering in time was slim, Madeleine believed she had ‘nothing to lose’ so why not try to qualify. Her persistence, dedication and motivation was rewarded and she threw a qualifying distance in the last sanctioned event before the games. Madeleine finished 5th at the games in Rio and describes it as the best competition of her career. While competing, Madeleine completed a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science and worked full time in the construction industry. She formally retired from competition in April, 2017.