Like any new parents, Dylan Alcott’s mother and father had big dreams for their baby boy. But their plans were thrown into chaos when at just three days old, Dylan received surgery to remove a spinal tumour – which left him a paraplegic.

Not one to be deterred, Dylan showed great passion for sports and at just 18 years old won gold as a wheelchair basketballer at the 2008 Beijing paralympics. Two years later, he represented Australia at the 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Birmingham, England. “My experience there, helping the Aussie Rollers to victory, as well as be named in the World All-Star Five,  is an incredible achievement and is definitely a highlight of my career so far,” Dylan said.

“The change was something I was really looking forward to; it gave me another chance to push myself and challenge myself to see what I was capable …

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Date of birth
4 December 1990
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia and nerve damage
How acquired
Surgery to remove tumour
Hampton East, VIC
Athlete and motivational speaker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Being named in the World All-Star Five at the 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Birmingham, England, and winning the 2015 Australian Open

Greatest sporting moments

Winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Heroes/role models

Danni Di Toro and Pat Rafter


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