King's student represents Canada in 2019 Parapan American Games.
November 6, 2019
Congratulations to Madison Wilson-Walker, 4th year Disability Studies major, who represented Canada in the 2019 Parapan American Games, this past summer in Lima, Peru. Wilson-Walker placed second in the long jump competition and fourth in the 100m sprint.
Wilson-Walker says it was an honour to represent Canada at the Parapan American Games.
“Competing in this high of a level feels amazing. You’re surrounded by athletes who are equally as driven which makes for a good competition,” says Wilson-Walker.
In training for the Games, Wilson-Walker focused on how important how the little things, like sleep, nutrition, rest days, and proper recovery were. “By staying on top of these things, it has really helped me improve overall as an athlete,” she says.
Wilson-Walker was recently selected to compete at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai November 7 – 15th. Her ultimate goal, however, is the 2020 Paralympic Games, which starts in August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.
“To compete at the Paralympics would be a dream come true and I feel as if I would be very satisfied with my athletic career as it would show that my hard work throughout the years has paid off,” says Wilson-Walker.
Being a King’s student-athlete means that, even when Wilson-Walker must miss class for training, camps and international events. “My professors are always super understanding of my busy schedule and are always willing to help me out if I fall behind while I’m away.”
Diagnosed with Meningococcal meningitis at the age of three, Wilson-Walker had both legs amputated below the knee, lost a portion of her fingers on her left hand and hearing in one ear. She has remained active ever since, however, taking part in a variety of sports including swimming, horseback riding, figure skating, golf and now track and field. Wilson-Walker competes in sprint events wearing carbon fibre blades.
Majoring in Disability Studies, Wilson-Walker says she would like to work with children with disabilities through sport. “ParaSport has been such a big part of my life, so I would like to give back and help make more of an impact in the Paralympic movement,” says Wilson-Walker.
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