About the project
Distance runner Madeline Hills (née HEINER) will be making her Olympic Debut in Rio after achieving automatic selection with 7 Olympic qualifying standards and a dominate victory at the Olympic Trials and Nationals Championships in April this year. This will be Madeline's third time representing Australia as a senior athlete in as many years, following on from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
A talented Australian junior representative, Madeline took nearly 8 years away from the sport from 2006 to 2014, pursuing studies and establishing a career as a pharmacist. She returned to the track in 2014, qualifying for the Commonwealth Games less than three months later in both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m. She went on to set a personal best in the Commonwealth Games final, finishing in 4th place behind a trio of Kenyan athletes.
In 2015 Madeline went on to establish herself as a rapidly improving athlete on the world stage. After claiming the National 5000m title, she went on to represent Australia at the world championships in Beijing in August, finishing 16th in both the 3000m steeplechase and 5000m, missing the final in both cases by just 1 place. By the end of 2015 she had run the 13th fastest time in the world for the steeplechase (9.21), and the fastest Australian of the year, moving to 2nd place on the Australian all-time list behind record holder, Donna MacFarlane. She also moved to 3rd on the all-time list for 3000m (8.44) and 6th all-time in the 5000m (15.11).
Based in Wollongong, Madeline has continued to work on a full-time basis when in Australia so as to assist in financing her travels for competition and training around the world. Since selection in the 2016 Olympic team she has reduced her working hours in an attempt to bridge the gap between her and the top athletes in the world. Already in 2016 she has spent 7 weeks away from work and from Australia while competing overseas. She will spend another 7 weeks away in the build up to the Rio Olympics in August.
Money raised on this platform would assist in funds towards accommodation costs both at home and when overseas, and travel and transport while overseas. Following the 2016 Olympics and athletics season, she will resume her balance between work and training commitments.