Dylan Alcott, OAM (OB 08)
At the age of 17, Dylan Alcott was the youngest competitor by 7 years in the Wheelchair Basketball competition at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing where they won gold - a feat not achieved by Australia since the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona.Alcott made his debut for the ‘rollers’ in the VISA Paralympics world cup, where they won a medal. He continued to hold his spot and was a member of the Australian ‘Rollers’ who travelled to the Beijing warm up tournament in January 2008.
He made his name in basketball through his impressive performances in the national league competition, competing for the Dandenong Rangers and being selected in the ‘all star team’ for 2008. He achieved success through junior competition as well; being named the Most Valuable Player at the Junior National Basketball Championships.
His number one highlight to date has been winning Gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Games. The Australian "Rollers" beat the Canadians 72-60 in a close game. At the Paralympics Dylan was quoted; "To be 17 and win gold... well it just doesn't get any better than that,"
Dylan Alcott with the Headmaster, Michael Urwin