18 July 2013: ACU student Madison Wilson has entered the senior international swimming ranks after her gold-medal win.
Madison Wilson, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) student at Australian Catholic University (ACU), has entered the senior international swimming ranks after her gold-medal performance in the women’s 200 metre backstroke at the 27th Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
The 19-year-old Queenslander beat her previous personal best by almost four seconds, hitting the wall in 2:09.22 to steal the win ahead of rivals Daryna Zavina (Ukraine) and Australian teammate Hayley White.
Madison’s win was the first gold medal won by an ACU student at Universiade, and it placed her fourth for all- time best 200 metre time by an Australian, and fifth Australian to swim under the 2:10 mark for this event.
She also won a bronze medal in the women’s 100-metre backstroke and women’s 50-metre backstroke.
Madison’s first international competition was at the Pacific School Games, 2005, in Melbourne. In 2010, she won the National Age Group Championships in the 100 metre backstroke and picked up two relay gold medals in the Youth Olympics.
Madison is currently training at St Peter’s Western Swim Club and is coached by Michael Bohl, an internationally renowned swim coach. She aspires to make her first Commonwealth Games team in Glasgow next year.
ACU had two other students competing in Kazan - Keiran Qaium in swimming and Amanda Holt in sport shooting.
Amanda Holt, studying a Bachelor of Nursing at ACU’s Ballarat Campus, finished 18th in the women’s trap, and Keiran Qaium, studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at ACU’s North Sydney Campus, made it to the semi-finals of the men’s 200-metre butterfly.
ACU’s Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) funded these students for competition and training through the developing Health, Sport and Wellbeing unit.