Madison de Rozario on race track

MADISON DE ROZARIO

(SHE/HER) AUSTRALIAN PARALYMPIAN X HEMP

MEET MADISON

Madison de Rozario is a world record breaking, gold medal winning athlete. The Paralympian is a passionate advocate of visibility, representation and reshaping peoples’ perception of disability. 2021 will mark the fourth time that Madison has qualified for the Paralympic Games, and she's never been more ready to contest gold. In her sport, her hands go through a lot. And in everyday life, they get her everywhere she needs to go. For her hard-working hands to survive the constant callouses, bruises, and scars, Madison knows what's important – taking care of, maintaining and respecting them every day.

HOW IMPORTANT HAVE YOUR HANDS BEEN THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?

“They have been my everything. They’ve taken me everywhere I’ve needed to go, and to everything I’ve ever achieved, and I look forward to seeing where they’ll take me next.”

Madison de Rozario sitting For hands that hustle
Madison working out

“My hands are everything to me. They’ve taken me so far in my sport”

Madison posing

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO HELP RE-SHAPE PEOPLE’S PERCEPTION OF DISABILITY?

“Recognise the lens we’re viewing the world through. It’s a lens that carries a heavy stigma and detracts from the humanity of individuals. Bias only serves us to a point, and we lose out on the benefit that comes with valuing every person from every corner of our community in their entirety when we apply it. Take the time to recognise every individual in all of their facets, not just the ones we’re drawn to notice first.”

Madison

DO YOU THINK FEMALE ATHLETES HAVE A HARDER PATH?

“What sport demands us to be as athletes is very often in direct conflict with what society demands from us as women, so yes, from a young age we are faced with a conflict around identity when it comes to sport. In addition, it is also such a male dominated space. Spaces that don’t feel welcoming force those it hasn’t been created for to try and change who they are to fit. What I’ve noticed about the athletes I’m surrounded by is this refusal to fit the current sporting landscape, but instead to change it to one that benefits every person, of every gender.”

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HARD-WORKING HANDS IN TOP CONDITION?

“I use my hands for absolutely everything and it’s so easy to assume they’ll be fine and not look after them until it’s a bit too late. I’ve definitely done that enough times but a routine where you’re constantly paying attention to what your body and hands need is by far the best way”

Madison using hemp hand cream
Hemp products on towel

THE MISUNDERSTOOD MIRACLE CROP

Hemp seed oil (cannabis sativa) is known for seriously high levels of hydration (which is why very dry skin loves it). Bursting with intensely hydrating power, take the feeling of nourishment to new levels. Use our scrub alongside our hard-working hand protector – to feel gentle exfoliation and replenishment.

DISCOVER HOW MADISON HAS HUSTLED FOR CHANGE

Hemp seed oil

BENEFITS OF HEMP SEED OIL

Hemp seed oil, also known as hemp oil, is oil that comes from the seeds of the hemp plant. This “miracle crop” has been a rich source of food, fibre and vegetable oil for thousands of years. Packed with protein and nourishing fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6, hemp has been the best kept secret in skincare, health and beauty.