Not many people can lay claim to being a Paralympic gold medallist and world champion while still being in their teenage years. Then again, there aren’t many people like Dylan Alcott OAM.
Born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, Dylan survived a three year battle to live. He beat the odds and is the best overachiever - a star of tennis and basketball - whose drive and determination has led him to become one of Australia’s most recognisable and talented athletes – an example of achievement for others to follow. Dylan is a firm believer in the idea that you have to buy a ticket to win the raffle, and tells stories of the importance of pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to achieve your dreams. Join us for lunch on Wednesday 28 June and let Dylan take you behind the scenes of his extraordinary journey, how he made the most of every opportunity and how he mastered the art of overcoming challenges and risks in order to achieve his goals.
Be inspired by a combination of heart, bravery, adventure and overcoming the most challenging of obstacles all wrapped up into one real life personal journey.
Dylan, a dual sport athlete, has represented Australia on the international stage in both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis since the age of 13.
At the age of 17, Dylan became the youngest ever wheelchair basketball gold medallist in history at the 2008 Paralympic games in Beijing. After winning silver at the London Paralympics, he decided to switch sports to wheelchair tennis where he went on to win gold in both the singles and doubles at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, making him one of an elite few to have won Olympic gold in two different sports at two separate Olympics.
Off the back of his success in Rio, Dylan became the first athlete with a disability to be awarded Tennis Australia’s distinguished Newcombe Medal and also to be named GQ’s Sportsman of the Year.
One of Dylan’s greatest achievements was being inducted as a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 at the age of 18. However, his achievements are not only restricted to the sporting field. He is studying commerce at Melbourne University, fulfilling his role as the ambassador for Variety, The Starlight Foundation and OCS Group Australia.
Now with a third Australian Open title under his belt and ranked number one in the world, the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year’s career continues to skyrocket. Currently hosting triple j’s breakfast show, in 10 years’ time Dylan hopes to be recognised as a trailblazer for people with a disability in the media, as much as for his career in sport.
To book a table of 10 contact us on 03 8662 5333.
Member table of 10 price: $1,520, Non-member table of 10 price: $1,852 (prices include GST)