- Home town:
- Occupation / Area of Study / Work:
Athlete, motivational speaker
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
Danni Di Toro, Pat Rafter
- Date of birth:
4 December 1990
- Event(s) / Discipline:
Quad Singles & Doubles
Paraplegia, right ulnar nerve damage
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
2016 Rio Paralympics - GOLD, Quad Singles & Doubles
2012 London Paralympics - SILVER, Wheelchair Basketball
2008 Beijing Paralympics - GOLD, Wheelchair Basketball
- Sporting Highlights:
Australian Open Champion - 2015 - 2021
US Open Champion - 2015, 2018
Wimbledon Champion - 2019, 2021
French Open Champion - 2019, 2020, 2021
2015 VIS Award of Excellence winner
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, wheelchair basketball-turned-wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott realised his dream of winning a second Paralympic gold medal in a second sport when he and quad doubles partner Heath Davidson defeated reigning champions Nick Taylor and David Wagner (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 5-7.
The following day, he won a second gold medal, beating current world No. 2 Andy Lapthorne (GBR) in straight sets to claim the quad singles crown.
At just 29, Dylan is already a seasoned veteran. He won a gold medal with the Australian wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and a silver medal in 2012. But with a sixth consecutive Australian Open title now under his belt, the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year’s career – both on and off the court – has skyrocketed.
In 2016, Dylan became the first Para-athlete to be awarded Tennis Australia’s prestigious Newcombe Medal. He launched Get Skilled Access in 2016, the Dylan Alcott Foundation in 2017, and Ability Fest in 2018. In 2019, he became the first Paralympian to score a Silver Logie – for Most Popular New Talent on ABC’s The Set.
You would be forgiven for thinking that with Dylan’s side hussles taking off as they have, his sport has suffered. But this is Dylan Alcott we are talking about. Not only has he maintained a world No. 1 ranking, but he became the first quad singles player to win the French Open and Wimbledon. Next stop: the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Credit: Paralympics Australia