Dylan Alcott OAM
Not many people can lay claim to being a Paralympic gold medalist and a world champion while still a teenager. Unless you're Dylan Alcott OAM! His love of sport began at school where he competed in swimming, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.
At 17 Dylan was part of the winning Australian Wheelchair Basketball Team at the Paralympic Games in Beijing and became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medalist. Then at the London Games in 2012, Dylan triumphed again with silver.
The ever-versatile sports star relaunched his tennis career in 2013, and just two years later, Dylan won two Grand Slams titles - the Australian and US Open. He went on to win the US Open again in 2018 and has won the Australian Open singles title five times.
At 18 Dylan was awarded the Order of Australia and today, is recognised as one of our best Paralympians, and was awarded Paralympian of the Year in 2016.
Outside of the sporting arena Dylan is a keen philanthropist, and in late 2014 broke the world record playing wheelchair tennis for 24 hours non-stop and raised an incredible $100,000 for Starlight and Variety.
Dylan's involvement with Starlight comes from his own experience as a sick child.
Being disabled from birth, I spent years in and out of hospital so I have experienced firsthand the amazing work Starlight does within the hospital walls and through the wishgranting program.Dylan Alcott
When he was 11, Dylan's Starlight Wish was to travel to Queensland to swim with dolphins. He says, "At the time, it offered an incredible lifeline and break for my family and I, and one that we are forever grateful for."
"The support that Starlight provides these kids and their families is so important in their recovery. It's an honour to be an Ambassador!"
Alongside his sporting career, he has hosted radio shows on Triple J and the ABC, as well as being a popular courtside commentator at the Australian Open tennis.
In 2016, Dylan played a leading role as an ambassador for Starlight's partnership with the Victoria Racing Club, helping sell pins to raise funds at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. He has also generously shared his inspiring Starlight story with guests at the Starlight Five Chefs Dinners in Sydney and Melbourne and in 2019 will be granting a Starlight Wish to a teenage fan.
Dylan's story highlights the long-term impact that Starlight creates in the lives of sick kids and we can’t thank him enough for his incredible support as a Starlight Ambassador.
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