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 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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 28, 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 fifth 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 …

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Date of birth
4 December 1990
Sport
Wheelchair tennis
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia, right ulnar nerve damage
How acquired
Surgery to remove spinal tumour
Residence
Collingwood, VIC
Occupation
Athlete, motivational speaker
Started competing
2002
First competed for Australia
2003
Sport career highlights

Winning the 2015 Australian Open quad singles title in front of a home crowd

Greatest sporting moments

Winning a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Danni Di Toro, Pat Rafter

Favourite quote
You've got to buy a ticket to win the raffle

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Doubles Classification: Quad
  • Sport: Wheelchair tennis Discipline: Singles Classification: Quad

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