De Rozario’s final goal for Paris

The countdown is on until the Paris Paralympic Games with just 100 days to go. After taking home 2 gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games, Aussie champion Madison Derosario is ready to defend her 800 metre and marathon titles. And we are pleased to say the dual gold medallist Madison joins us live from Sydney round of applause. Hello Madison, look at that smile, it's lights up anyone's day. Good to see you. How are you feeling about Paris? Yeah, good. The 100 days to go really makes it feel like it's coming on very quick, but really good at the moment. I think the the three-year turnarounds felt very, very short since 100 days to go has come up very, very fast. But no, really, really good. OK And what happens now? I mean you, you train at a very, very high level. You have done since you were 14 years old when you first won that Paralympic medal, the youngest in the team, mind you. What happens now though? Do you taper off? Do you relax or does it get a lot harder from here on in? Oh, the opposite. We've probably got two more really big blocks of work to do. I've got one more chance to race before we go. I'll, I'll go to Switzerland in a couple of weeks actually for our our last kind of hit out internationally. And then we'll come home. We'll get straight back into another our final really big block of work and and then it all begins to get really real after that. Indeed. And you've been trained, you're coached by Louis Cuvage. What's that like? What a superstar she is Oh she's unreal. We have an amazing performance team here out of out of Sydney as well but lose the one that that heads that team up and and I think in terms of she's had all of the experience as an athlete and not only is she wonderful as far as writing me a a program that gets me to ever going but it's she's someone who just understands the experience so comprehensively and everything that I'm about to feel when I get out there you know on the track at a game she she's already felt and it's really it's really nice of someone in your corner who understands all of those really complicated emotions that come with you know trying to race at a proper games and and and she's been there so she's the best person to have in your corner. Definitely I wouldn't mess with her either she'd be a hard taskmaster but hey you're a London Marathon winner yeah you're a dual gold medallist and on your Paralympics Australia profile I I looked at this earlier and it says next to my goal you say your goal is to make a difference. How important is that? I think that you know the I feel like going into Tokyo there was just a couple more things just one more thing on on that bucket list really and and I was going to cross that finish line first at a Paralympic Games and and to be able to do that it did feel like a lot of closure it felt like almost you know four games to to get to that end. I think that the Paralympics has this you have this opportunity and then this platform to do something really important. You know with that profile that that you do kind of create through sport and and I do sport very selfishly in all honesty. I do it because you know I I love it. I I I love training I I love the feeling of racing and and I I really do it because I love it but you do have this platform from it that is that is so much more important than than what sport is for me and it's the impact that that you're able to have from it. And and sport exists in this space where where it has a responsibility to community and and it has an ability to really set an example of of of what you know how how community follows that. And and I do feel that's a bit of a a a luxury and A and a privilege as well as a responsibility to to really do something with that. And I I find that really exciting that I get to be in a position where I'm able to have impact and and able to create change And I I don't take that lightly. Wow. You are making an impact. You are making a difference. And we thank you so much for coming on this morning. Well done. You're an inspiration and all the very very best for Paris. Thanks, Madison.

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