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Madeleine Hogan & Gabrielle Dolan

Madeleine Hogan

Athletics - Javelin | Australia


Madeleine Hogan is an Account Coordinator with BlueScope. Born in Sydney on December 8th, 1988 missing her left forearm, she began playing cricket when she was 10 and continued through her adolescence until the age of 18, where she was playing at a National women’s level. Deciding she wanted to compete against girls who were just like her, missing an arm, Madeleine left the sport of cricket and took up throwing Javelin in the hope of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She represented Australia at the 2008 games, bringing home a Bronze medal.

Following the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Christchurch, where Madeleine won gold, she underwent an MCL restoration on her elbow to rectify a throwing injury which would see her be fit in time for the London 2012 Paralympics. Here she won again, a Bronze medal. 2013 saw selection for the next World Athletics Championships in Leon, France. Two weeks leading into her competition, Madeleine ruptured her knee ACL during a routine training session. She flew back to Australia to undergo reconstruction surgery. This coincided on the same day she was due to compete in France. Following 18 months of rehabilitation, Madeleine returned to form and qualified for the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Her ‘comeback’ games as a now senior, teammate saw her selected to be the flag bearer during the opening ceremony. Six days prior to her competition, Madeleine ruptured her right ACL during a throwing session. Devastated, Madeleine thought the rupture would see her Javelin career come to an end. Her hope of throwing in Rio 2016 had disappeared.

Although at this point the chance of recovering in time was slim, Madeleine believed she had ‘nothing to lose’ so why not try to qualify. Her persistence, dedication and motivation was rewarded and she threw a qualifying distance in the last sanctioned event before the games. Madeleine finished 5th at the games in Rio and describes it as the best competition of her career. While competing, Madeleine completed a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science and worked full time in the construction industry. She formally retired from competition in April, 2017.

Gabrielle Dolan

Speaker, Author, Mentor | Gabrielle Dolan Consulting

MENTOR | IWF Australia

Gabrielle Dolan is considered a global thought leader on authentic leadership and business storytelling. She’s worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, helping them to become better leaders and communicators using the art of business storytelling. Gabrielle is a highly sought-after international keynote speaker, and works with some of Australia’s top 50 ASX companies, including National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Telstra and ANZ, and multinationals such as Accenture, Bupa, Ericsson and International Committee Red Cross.

In the past, Gabrielle has held various senior leadership roles at National Australia Bank in change management and organisational change. She also co-founded One Thousand & One, one of Australia’s leading storytelling companies, before launching her own practice in 2013.

In 2015 Gabrielle became an Australian and New Zealand Partner of Thought Leaders Global, where she works with organisations to help them gain a competitive edge through Thought Leadership. In the same year, she was also nominated for Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious business awards in the Asia–Pacific region.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education in both the Art and Practice of Leadership Development and Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. Her other academic qualifications include a master’s degree in management and leadership from Swinburne University and an associate diploma in education and training from the University of Melbourne.

Gabrielle is also the bestselling author of Ignite: Real Leadership, Real Talk, Real Results, which was published in 2015 and reached the top 5 on Australia’s bestselling business books. Her other published books include Storytelling for Job Interviews, published in 2016, and Hooked: How Leaders Connect, Engage and Inspire with Storytelling, published in 2013. Her latest book, Stories for Work: The Essential Guide to Business Storytelling was published by Wiley in March, 2017.

She is also passionate about changing the way we communicate in business and is the founder of the Jargon Free Fridays global revolution #jargonfreefridays (

When she is not writing or working, she can be found wandering in her vegetable garden at her 25-acre rural property on the southern coast of New South Wales. She believes the world would be a better place if there were more manure in gardens and less in business.

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Madeleine Hogan & Gabrielle Dolan
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