Not many  athletes can  lay claim to a Paralympic gold medal and  a world championship before their 20th birthday. Then again, there  aren’t many athletes like Dylan Alcott OAM. Dylan achieved the rare  feat when  the then  19-year old was  part of the Australian wheelchair basketball team which secured the 2010  World Championship after famously winning gold at the 2008  Paralympic Games in Beijing. Having only started playing basketball in 2003,  Dylan first represented Australia  at the 2006  Junior  Nationals, where he was  named the “most valuable player”. Dylan believes the Beijing Games were  the best experience of his life and  feels  lucky and  privileged as a 17-year old to be part of a world-beating basketball team. Not only is Dylan an international basketballer, he is also  an accomplished tennis player  having  played in 30 countries and  reaching as high as number six in the junior world rankings. One  of his proudest moments was winning three  silvers  at the Tennis World Team Cup. Dylan received a scholarship to attend the University of Illinois in the USA to train and  compete in the university’s extensive wheelchair basketball team program. Dylan attended the University of Illinois for a year,  but even better opportunities arose in Melbourne so he returned to the University of Melbourne to study commerce and prepare for the 2012  London  Games. As well as Dylan’s great  sporting talent,  he has  a love of music,  can  sing and  play the drums.

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