Dylan Alcott OAM, Wheelchair Tennis

Dylan Alcott OAM, Wheelchair Tennis

Dylan Alcott OAM, is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognized Paralympians, motivational speakers and media personality’s.At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games, Dylan became a 3 x Paralympic gold medalist, and one of only a few athletes to win two gold medals in two different sports across two different games.

At the age of 17, Dylan became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. After gold at the 2010 world championship, and selection in the world all-star 5, he and his team, ‘The Rollers’ won silver at the London Paralympic Games.In late 2013, Dylan decided to switch sports to wheelchair tennis, where he has gone on the win 3 Grand Slam titles (2 x Australian Open, 1 x US Open) and won gold medals in both the wheelchair tennis singles and doubles competitions at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, Dylan survived a three-year battle to live and has been achieving ever since.He is honoured to have received a medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 at the age of 18. He is also a keen philanthropist, and in 2014 set the world record for the longest continuous playing of wheelchair tennis, playing for 24 hours nonstop,raising funds for two charities he is an ambassador for, Variety the Children’s Charity and The Starlight Foundation.

Dylan is also an outstanding motivational speaker, traveling Australia and the world inspiring organisations to be better,and has a passion for promoting inclusion and diversity for people with a disability around the world.He has completed a bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, rapped on stage with the Wu Tang Clan and has also set a trend for wheelchair crowd-surfing at Australia’s biggest music festivals.