Golden Slam Winning Tennis Player and 2022 Australian of the Year
The Australian of the Year 2022, and with 23 quad wheelchair Grand Slam titles Dylan Alcott recently became the first male in history, in any form of tennis, to win the Golden Slam.
Dylan was born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, but that hasn’t stopped him becoming one of Australia’s best known and successful sportpeople and media personalities.
The tumour was cut out when he was a couple of days old, and as a result, Dylan has been in a wheelchair his entire life.
Despite that challenge, Dylan has been able to successfully compete in basketball and wheelchair tennis, becoming one of the world’s most talented and celebrated athletes. In 2021, he became the first man to complete the Golden Slam; Dylan won Wimbledon and the French, US, and Australian Opens, alongside Gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics - an extraordinary achievement that is demonstrative of what a remarkable athlete he is.
Dylan was not only a champion Wheelchair Tennis player he was also a talented basketballer and became the youngest ever Wheelchair Basketball gold medallist in 2008 when he won gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Dylan received an order of Australia medal in 2009 at age 18 and is currently an ambassador for Variety and The Starlight Foundation. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.
Dylan leads the Melbourne-based Dylan Alcott Foundation; an organisation committed to helping young people with disabilities overcome the barriers of entry to sport and education by providing fundraising for grants, scholarships, and mentoring.
Following their victory at Beijing 2008, The Rollers won the 2010 FIBA world championship. They became the first Australian basketball team to ever achieve this title. Alcott was selected in the World All Star 5, proving he was the strongest player in his position in the world. In 2012, he returned from the London Paralympic Games with a silver medal.
2013 saw Dylan resume his tennis career. He was granted a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open and eventually reached the semi-final. The following year, Dylan clinched the victory at the Australian Open, securing his first ever grand slam title.
In late 2014, Dylan broke the world record playing wheelchair tennis for 24 consecutive hours without a break. He set the new world record and raised $100,000 for two charities – The Starlight Foundation and Variety.
Though equally important to Dylan is social change; he is a passionate motivational speaker, and his inspirational storytelling instils an extremely moving sentiment in his audiences. Dylan is always seeking to correct the perceptions of the disabled community; he fosters respect and awareness in audiences he speaks before and seeks to share his story and inspire others to be the best versions of themselves.
He is a frequent guest on a handful of radio and television stations across Australia. He is also a national athlete spokesperson for the Australian Paralympic committee.
Dylan is also world renowned for his wheelchair crowd surfing at music festivals and rapping on stage with the Wu Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah at Meredith Music Festival.
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