Dylan Alcott announced as Patron for International Day of People with Disability
Dylan Alcott OAM is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians.
Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, Dylan survived a three year battle to live and has been achieving ever since.
Since the age of 13, Dylan, a dual Paralympian represented Australia on the international stage in both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. At the age of 17, Dylan became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. During the Rio Paralympic Games he became one of only a few athletes’ to win two gold medals in two different sports, across two different games.
As well as being an acclaimed dual Paralympian, Dylan is an international speaker, radio broadcaster, disability advocate co-founder of Get Skilled Access, training provider in accessibility and disability education for corporations and governments specialising in customer service.
In 2016, Dylan was awarded Paralympian of the Year and GQ Sportsman of the Year.
Dylan is a passionate speaker trying to mainstream disability and alter and change the way people perceive disability and is the founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation with a core focus of helping young Australians with disabilities in sport and study.
His first TED X talk in 2015 was outstanding. He has rapped with Wu Tang Clan, and set a trend for wheelchair crowd-surfing at Australia’s biggest music festival.
A ministerial media release is available.