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ABOUT

Hi, I'm Maddy —
professional sprinter, athlete mental health advocate and mentor to girls in sport...and a Canadian Olympian!

 

My road to Tokyo and running full-time was filled with uncertainty as I dealt with my dad’s passing from cancer months after missing the 2016 Rio Olympic Team, coming back from foot surgery 12 months out from Tokyo 2020, and then the global pandemic, Olympic postponement, and its challenges.

 

Despite the odds, I helped lead our Women’s 4x400m relay team to a 4th place finish at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, just narrowly missing the podium and Canadian Record by six-tenths of a second.

Far more important than the accomplishment of becoming an Olympian is how I approached the process... with a gritty and “day by day” attitude. 

Growing up, I always believed there was speed in my blood. I watched my dad race cars and off road motorcycles professionally and wanted to go fast just like he did. Inspired by the adventuring spirit and fearlessness of my parents, I fell in love with sprinting in middle school, chasing the freedom of speed ever since.

 

During my time at Duke University, I placed 5th in the Canadian Olympic Trials, was a six-time All-American in the 4x400m, and 2-year track and field Captain—voted Duke Athletics MVP in 2018. I graduated from Duke in 2018 with a degree in Sociology and Political Science before continuing on to get my Masters of Management Studies from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 2019 during my first professional year on the track.

In 2019, I made my first World Championships team in Doha, Qatar, World Relays in Yokohama Japan, and the FISU World University Games in Naples, Italy. 

I grew up in the Bay Area, California playing all different types of sports alongside my younger sister Nikky (my best friend and inspiration). I attended Menlo School in Atherton, CA and played multiple sports all the way up until my junior year there... I believe that being a multi-sport athlete greatly affected my ability to be at the highest level of sport now! 

I compete for Team Canada because I have dual citizenship with my parents both being from Canada; I have so much pride in competing for my roots and wearing the maple leaf on my chest!

 

Currently, I am based in Durham, North Carolina where I am a volunteer coach for Duke's Track and Field Team, provide virtual mentorship to girls in sport ages 13-23, give motivational talks for corporations and schools, and am training full-time with my sights set on the journey to Paris 2024... because after all, the journey is the true reward.

Accolades

2021 Olympic Finalist - 4th Place

4x400m Relay - Tokyo, Japan

World Championships Finalist

4x400m Relay - Doha, Qatar

World Relays - 4th Place

4x400m Relay - Yokohama, Japan

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