Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year

Athlete and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named the 2022 Australian of the Year.

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25/01/2022 12:38:00 PM

Paralympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named the 2022 Australian of the Year.

Athlete and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named the 2022 Australian of the Year.

Last year, he became the first male, in any form of tennis, to achieve a Golden Slam when he won the Quad Singles at the US Open.Alcott, who was born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, has credited sport for saving his life.In 2017, he founded the Dylan Alcott Foundation to provide scholarships and grant funding to marginalised Australians with a disability.

National Australia Day Council chair Danielle Roche paid credit to Alcott’s “sheer grit and determination”.“Dylan is an inspirational Australian on and off the tennis court. Through the Dylan Alcott Foundation, he is giving young Australians facing disadvantage the promise of a better future.”

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Love him xx You might want to edit this post. Dylan Alcott is not the first Disabled Australian of the Year. It is well known that Grace Tame has shared about her autism. Just because you can’t see all our disabilities, we do exist. Congratulations! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. PS: love the commercials !

He absolutely deserves it. Dylan is one of the most positive people in Australia right now. Well done Dylan you legend. What a joke! Congratulations Dylan. Congratulations. What a dead set champion Australian. I would have though it would be a doctor, nurse, or medical researcher... But hey, congrats Dylan.

Now you can start to help those of us over 65 excluded from NDIS ..unable to live the best life possible.. now that's brilliant 👏 well deserved.

Tennis champion Dylan Alcott named the 2022 Australian of the YearFor the first time in the award program’s 62 year history, a person with a disability has received the top honour. Finally, a positive news story about AustralianOfTheYear. Congrats DylanAlcott .

Just shows what a meaningless award this is. A sportsperson as Australian of the year. Absolutely pathetic. Just shows what a meaningless award this is. A sportsperson as Australian of the year. Absolutely pathetic. Another media organisation gets it wrong. When will you stop pretending Autistic people don't exist?

Well done , hopefully is more courteous then last years winner. Kurt Fernley would have been close in the running as well. And what a brilliant speech! Congratulations Acceptance speech was going well until he gave a shout out to the previous ungracious recipient. Congratulations Dylan. Hope you can show respect to the honour bestowed upon you by the Australian people. Please get the bar back up to where it should be 🇦🇺

This is the best news. 😊🎉 Congratulations DylanAlcott. 🥰 DylanAlcott how good is this. You are an inspiration to all of us and I wish you a great year ahead and beyond Can't stand this guy

Australian Open live: Dylan Alcott makes it through to an eighth consecutive final.DylanAlcott has made it through to an eighth consecutive Quad Wheelchair Singles final at the AustralianOpen after beating long-time rival lapstar11 6-3, 6-0 in their semifinal. AusOpen 7NEWS

So richly deserved ! Another political celebrity, Congrats DylanAlcott. Well deserved. I’m proud you are our Australian of the year. How good.. congratulations Dylan About time! Great news. Good news! Definitely well deserved, great pick Congratulations Dylan Alcott.🙌🙌🏆 welldone This makes me very proud to be an Australian. Congratulations DylanAlcott

Alcott defeats great rival Vink to reach Australian Open semisSeven-time champion Dylan Alcott begins his farewell appearance at the Australian Open with a come-from-behind performance against Dutch rival Niels Vink. kept occur small Amazing match. Vink is the future save meand nameofthailand Please 191 911 ICJ UN worldcourt interpol Humanrights AIS Apple TV apple AIS การโจรกรรม ทำร้าย จาก Badteam thailand usa

Don't be a Grace Tame Dylan Fantastic! 👏👏👏 well done DylanAlcott 👏👏👏 👍 Really hoped someone who had worked their butt off during the pandemic and helped save lives be the one who was named Cool! Good work Dylan. Don’t let Scumo get you down

Australian Open 2022 LIVE updates: Matteo Berrettini leads Pablo Carreno Busta; Ash Barty, Dylan Alcott, Gael Monfils all winnersLIVE | Wheelchair tennis legend Dylan Alcott has prevailed after a massive scare against one of the emerging stars of the sport, fighting his way to a three-set quarter-final victory over Dutchman Niels Vink. tennis live AustralianOpen We’ve seen it before. This match went exactly way Dylan wanted it to. There was never even a little scare because he was always in complete control. Only objective was to make it rinteresting to gain maximum possible clout sellout No offence to other fella , he had a real crack

Australian Open 2022 LIVE updates: Barty immediately breaks Pegula for perfect start; Nadal wins epic quarter-final against Shapovalov; Dylan Alcott makes his last finalWorld No.1 Ash Barty is playing America n Jessica Pegula for a spot in the semi-finals. Follow all the action from Rod Laver Arena | SMHsport SMHsport It’s all over rover

Australian Open 2022 LIVE updates: Dylan Alcott in semi-final; Denis Shapovalov v Rafael Nadal; Ash Barty v Jessica PegulaAustralian's Dylan Alcott and Ashleigh Barty take to the court today, along with Spaniard Rafael Nadal who is searching for his 21st Grand Slam title. Follow our live coverage: Where is Peng Shuai?

Alcott, who on Thursday will compete in what will be his last Australian Open final, is the first person with a disability to win the award in the program’s 62-year history. The 31-year-old is a three time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball. On the tennis court, Alcott has won 23 quad wheelchair Grand Slam titles and a Newcombe Medal – awarded to the most Australian outstanding tennis players in a given year. Last year, he became the first male, in any form of tennis, to achieve a Golden Slam when he won the Quad Singles at the US Open. But it is the sporting star’s achievements and leadership off the court that set him apart. Alcott is the first person with a disability to be given the honour of Australian of the Year. Photo by Michael Klein Alcott, who was born with a tumour wrapped around his spinal cord, has credited sport for saving his life. “I don’t get out of bed every day to play to win a tennis tournament, I honestly don’t,” Alcott said. “I do it because I love it, but it also provides me with a platform to do what I really want, which is to continue to change the perceptions around disability.” In 2017, he founded the Dylan Alcott Foundation to provide scholarships and grant funding to marginalised Australians with a disability. He also founded AbilityFest, the nation’s first and only fully accessible music festival. Frustrated by the lack of media representation, Alcott now holds several high-profile media roles spanning TV, radio and podcasting. National Australia Day Council chair Danielle Roche paid credit to Alcott’s “sheer grit and determination”. On Thursday, Alcott, pictured with his girlfriend Chantelle Otten, will retire after eight years at the top of his game. Picture: Jake Nowakowski “Dylan Alcott is a champion who has risen to the top of the world rankings through sheer grit and determination. His Golden Slam is an incredible feat, the first for any male tennis player,” she said. “Dylan is an inspirational Australian on and off the tennis court. Through the Dylan Alcott Foundation, he is giving young Australians facing disadvantage the promise of a better future.” Alcott will on Thursday compete in his last Australian Open final. He will leave the game after eight years on top. 2022 Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey has dedicated more than half her life to St John Ambulance. The Canberra resident known lovingly as Aunty Val started out as a cadet volunteer while still at primary school and now aged 71 is one of the ACT’s longest serving volunteers. In 2021 alone, Ms Dempsey clocked up over 600 hours of volunteer service, leading first aid training, providing support at local events and activities, and working with the Covid-19 response team. She co-ordinated the deployment of 2020 summer bushfire teams to first aid posts and led a 40-strong team of volunteers as they supported fire-affected communities. Ms Dempsey also created Project Survival, which took St John’s first aid education and messages into the places drug users frequented. She hopes to use her platform to call for learner drivers to become the next generation of mobile first aiders. 2022 Young Australian of the Year This award went to Daniel Nour, who founded Street Side Medics, a not for profit GP-led mobile medical service for people experiencing homelessness. Dr Nour was praised for his selfless work. At just 26-years-old, the resident doctor saw a major gap in NSW health services, prompting him to launch the organisation in August 2020. With 145 volunteers and four clinics across NSW, the service provides medical assistance to those without a roof to call their own. It has so far helped an estimated 300 people, treating a range of illnesses - many of which would otherwise have gone unnoticed. The service is completely free and doesn’t require a Medicare card. 2022 Local Hero The founder and chief executive of Sober in the Country, Shanna Whan, has helped countless people in the bush tackle their alcohol problems. She started the grassroots charity after struggling herself with alcohol addiction and subsequently quitting drinking, and told the awards ceremony: “Let’s be honest about the fact that Australia’s got a bit of a drinking problem. “It’s honestly more acceptable to be drunk in the country than it is to be sober,” the 47-year-old said. She dedicated the award to those “choosing bush sunrises over hangovers” and to her husband Tim. From initially acting as a local support network, the organisation achieved national reach and now plays a leading role in broadscale advocacy and education. “Alcohol use is the silent pandemic we are not discussing,” Ms Whan said. “Life in rural Australia is permanent iso. We’ve always got enough beers in the fridge, but we’ve never got enough services or support.” Originally published as