Dylan Alcott OAM, is one of Australia's most successful and well recognized Paralympians, who at the Rio Paralympics Games became 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 and after gold at the 2010 world championship, and silver at the London Paralympics, he decided to switch sports to wheelchair tennis. He went on to win gold medals in both the wheelchair tennis singles and doubles at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. And if that's not enough, in 2017 Dylan won his third consecutive Australian Open quad wheelchair title.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 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.
Then again, there aren’t many people like Dylan Alcott.
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. At the 2016 Rio Paralympics Dylan won gold in both the singles and doubles tennis making him one of an elite few to have won Olympic gold in 2 different sports at 2 separate Olympics.
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 Paralympians.
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 one 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.
In 2015, Dylan delivered his first ever TED talk at the TEDx Sydney event at the Sydney Opera House.
Dylan won Gold in both the singles and doubles tennis at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was the winner of the 2016 Australian Open and awarded the winner of the 2016 GQ Sportsman of the Year.
Dylan has made sports history in 2016, as the first wheelchair athlete to win the Newcombe Medal, the highest individual award in Australian tennis. And for the third year running, has won the 2017 Australian Open quad wheelchair title.
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.
The team were literally moved by Dylan. His likeable, down to earth attitude, and his story was both interesting and motivating.
Feedback on Dylan’s session has been phenomenal. The perfect blend of humour, realism and inspiration to be the best version of yourself. Dylan really struck a chord with our audience and people are still talking about it!
Dylan captured the audience’s attention from the beginning of his story. He was a great mix of funny and serious. All our attendees felt so special to hear his journey and talk to him afterwards.
Master Builders Association ACT
Dylan provided one of the most powerful, entertaining, thought provoking and engaging presentations our group has seen. Never have I received so many positive comments from a group than I did about Dylan – a truly inspiring man!
Dylan was incredibly inspiring and we couldn’t have chosen a better speaker to finish our one-year program. He really dedicated his time and effort to give a great presentation. He was open to answer all the questions from the group, take photos – an amazingly humble and talented guy.
His presentation was very motivational and inspires us to be better.
National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)
Dylan was the perfect fit for our conference! He is such a confident and relaxed speaker, and completely hassle free to work with. I would definitely put Dylan forward to future clients.
Grace Cordy, cievents
Dylan was very down to earth, engaging and funny! Overall inspirational!
Dylan was a very engaging presenter with a very powerful message. He developed an instant connection with our students and gave many personal accounts of his life and cleverly connected this in a way that our students could relate to.
Trinity Grammar School
Really engaging, easy going, great performance/talk. Really good at connecting with a large audience.
Dylan was a fabulous way to end our conference with a bang! He was dynamic and very engaging, refreshingly open with sharing his story. The highlight of our event, we loved every minute!
Dylan was fantastic, we hope to have him along again.
Great speaker, very engaging and funny. Client said he was very down to earth, engaging and funny! Overall inspirational!
Blacktown Venue Management