1. She’s already a World Champion in the 800m and two-time Paralympian - but she’s ready to break out and star in Rio.
De Rozario won her first major medal at the 2015 worlds, and won a silver medal as part of the 4 x 100m team in Beijing, at the age of 14.
2. Because not only is she in red hot form, but her name is perfect: De RozaRIO - fate, anyone?
3. And she has genuine belief that she can be one of the sport’s greats
“Between major competitions I feel like I’ve had great performances, so I know I can race fast, I know I can race with the girls. Then when it comes down to a Worlds or Games, I feel like I’m not quite right where I know I can be and that’s been very frustrating. But I think I’m finally on a path that’s a lot smoother.”
4. Her coach, Paralympic legend Louise Sauvage, agrees
“Maddie has the potential to be a Paralympic great for sure.” says Sauvage.”I think she’s had a little bit of a taste at the World Champs, and hopefully that’s given her the hunger to reach the next level.”