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An extraordinary man and dual sport athlete
Categories: Inspirational, Motivational Speakers, Sports Heroes
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Dylan Alcott OAM, is an extraordinary man and dual sport athlete. In 2019, he won the men's quad wheelchair singles title for the fifth-straight time.
At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, he became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist. As if that wasn’t great enough he is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in Tennis after having beaten the No 1 in the 2015 Australian Open. Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord Dylan survived a three year battle to live and has been achieving ever since then.
He is honoured to have received an OAM in 2009 at the age of 18 and is currently an ambassador for Variety and The Starlight Foundation. Dylan is an outstanding Motivational Speaker who has rapped on stage with the Wu Tang Clan, which went viral and has also set a trend for wheelchair crowd-surfing at Australia’s biggest music festivals. Not many people can lay claim to being a Paralympic gold medallist and world champion while still being in their teenage years.
In 2018, Dylan won his sixth grand slam title, playing in the US Open in New York.
Dylan, a dual sport athlete, has represented Australia on the international stage in both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis since the age of 13.
In 2008, at the age of 17, Dylan was a main contributor in the Australian wheelchair basketball teams. The Rollers won gold medal victory at the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing, becoming the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist in history.
Dylan was born with a rare type of tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, which required immediate surgery only weeks after birth. After a three year battle for his life, Dylan was able to defy the odds as his health started improve, and through sheer determination and hard work has been able to strive into one of Australia’s best and widely recognised Paralympian’s.
One of Dylan’s greatest achievements was being inducted as a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 at the age of 18. From there, Dylan and The Rollers followed up their win in Beijing with victory at the 2010 FIBA World Championships, becoming the first Australian basketball team to ever win the title. At the tournament, Alcott was selected in the World All Star 5, making him the best player in his position in the world. In 2012, he returned from the London Paralympic Games with a silver medal.
In 2013, Dylan re-launched his tennis career, and was granted a wild card into the 2014 Australian open, reaching the semi-final. After only 18 months into his comeback, Dylan won his first ever grand slam title, The Australian Open, and is currently ranked number two in the world.
Dylan is also a keen philanthropist, and in late 2014, Dylan broke the world record playing wheelchair tennis for 24 consecutive hour’s non-stop, setting the new world record and raising an incredible $100,000 for two charities – The Starlight Foundation and Variety.
Dylan’s achievements are not only restricted to the sporting field. He is studying commerce at Melbourne University, fulfilling his role as the ambassador for Variety, the Children’s charity, The Starlight Foundation and OCS Group Australia.
Dylan’s true passion is his work as a motivational speaker, and through his inspirational storytelling, Dylan is continually trying to alter and change the way people with disabilities are perceived in the wider community.
He also works as a keynote corporate speaker, brings disability awareness to schools, enjoys being an MC, and is a regular guest on many radio and television stations across Australia.
He is also a national athlete spokesperson for the Australian Paralympic committee, and is world renown for his wheelchair crowd surfing at music festivals.