Dylan Alcott has topped off an exceptional year, being awarded the Victorian Institute of Sports’ (VIS) most prestigious Award of Excellence at tonight’s ceremony.
The award honours athletes who have achieved outstanding sporting results during the year, while contributing to the promotion and development of their sport. It is the pinnacle of VIS Awards.
This year has seen Alcott rise in the world rankings to no. 1 after he took out the title of US Open Wheelchair Quad singles tennis champion and won the Australian Open Wheelchair Championship. He also had six other tournament victories leading him to become the world’s highest ranked player.
Alcott is no stranger to success. As a wheelchair basketball player he won a Paralympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics alongside his Australian Rollers’ teammates. Alcott only made the switch to competitive wheelchair tennis in 2014 making his meteoric rise that much more impressive.
Para-canoeist Amanda Reynolds was presented the elite athlete with a disability award for achieving exceptional results in her sport throughout the year including winning a world championship, in addition to success in other areas of her life.
Para-cycling young gun Alistair Donohoe was awarded the 2XU Youth Award for his outstanding sporting results during the year which included world titles on both the road and track.