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

#BREAKING: Paralympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named Australian of the Year for 2022:

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25/01/2022 12:33:00 PM

BREAKING : Paralympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named Australian of the Year for 2022:

Paralympian Dylan Alcott, long-term volunteer for St John Ambulance Valmai Dempsey, and founder of a healthcare service for people experiencing homelessness Dr Daniel Nour are the Australians of the Year for 2022.

Last year, the wheelchair tennis champion made history by becoming the first man in any form of tennisChair of the National Australia Day Council, Danielle Roche OAM, congratulated Mr Alcott, who’s also a radio host, a motivational speaker and the founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation, a charitable organisation helping young Australians with disability.

“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,” she added.Valmai Dempsey is the 2022 Senior Australian of the Year.

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Awesome and well deserved🙌🙌 Big congratulations to Dylan! Congratulations to a genuine Australian achiever and champion for everyone to look up to and admire your advocacy for disabled and non disabled to be the best you can. Can he also be named PM in a few months time? 😌 SBS The AOTY award tries to repair it's credibility after the disastrous pick last year. This years winner seems a vast improvement. Have a great Australia day every one!

worthy recipient..not because of his sporting achievements but as an advocate for those with a disability. ❤️🎉❤️ Thank you for your strength, tenacity and inspiration to us all 👏 Dylan Alcott into the AO Tennis Finals once again … to potentially claim an unprecedented eighth consecutive quad wheelchair singles title. He will be retiring this year so join in and celebrate this amazing athlete as he winds up his farewell tour!

Is this a joke? His name pops up once every 4 years, which happens to be around the same time as the Olympics. We need to stop awarding people this title just because they have a sad 😢 story. For the past 7 or so years, the recipient has never met the awards selection criteria Will you attend a party hosted by a murderer or a rapist? Then why would you attend Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics! Please note that: 1) Genocide of Uyghurs is taking place in CCP China RIGHT NOW. 2) Uyghur women are gang raped in concentration camps in CCP China RIGHT NOW.

And how long after we start to chat you start the crypto currency scam?

Tennis star and Paralympian Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year for 2022It’s the first time in the award’s 62-year history a person with a disability has taken out the top gong Congratulations DylanAlcott I just knew it was going to be you, so well deserved! We may have a terrible PM and fed government but boy do we have some amazing and awe inspiring Australians out there doing so much for our communities! All four amazing as well as all the finalists Meanwhile people with disabilities will still be forced to buy RATs. That’s if they can find them of course. So can the awful ANZ ads he’s in be curtailed?

You’re a true champ Dylan, enjoy the year you’ve got this 👍 BickmoreCarrie smile What a truly wonderful recipient. I couldn’t think of a better person to be Australian of the Year. Bravo DylanAlcott 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 But will he lay the boot into the LNP government while they are in office for their total failure over NDS. I bet he will. 😅😂🤣😅😂

I would have though it would be a doctor, nurse, or medical researcher... But hey, congrats Dylan. Great choice. Dylan a gentleman in every sense. Previous winner so ill mannered. An embarrassment to the award she took last year. Be better. Absolutely brilliant - 2 great Aussies back to back! Bloody brilliant news, finally someone we can respect.

Congrats to him. Champion and legend. 🥳🥳

Paralympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott named 2022 Australian of the YearTennis player Dylan Alcott is named 2022 Australian of the Year for his work as a disability advocate. Congratulations - so inspirational. Well deserved ❤️ usual press thin their map Yes, Out with Grace and in with the new.

Watched you today and you sure are a superstar. So humble. Well deserved wins on both matches. Congrats mate. A true Aussie through and through. dylanwinner🇦🇺🇦🇺 Now give the PM a serve! Congratulations to Dylan, Val, Shanna and Daniel. Doing Australia proud.😀 Jesus I can't stand hot wheels Well done Dylan Alcott. May the following year shed light on the lives of the disabled within the Australian community and the rise of a Labor Govt that does more than message platitudes. As a carer of a disabled little boy ignored by the Morrison LNP - sometimes it is political!

congratulations! Congrats Dylan! Finally, a positive news story about AustralianOfTheYear. Congrats DylanAlcott . For playing tennis that no one watches? 😂 What an inspirational lot of winners. All well deserved.

Dylan Alcott named Australian of the YearParalympian and disability advocate Dylan Alcott has been named the 2022 Australian of the Year. 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 Fantastic! 👏👏👏 well done DylanAlcott 👏👏👏

What a speech 👍 Brilliant news!! Congratulations Dylan another fabulous Australian and very well deserved What an awesome follow up to TamePunk!! Congratulations DylanAlcott AustralianOfTheYear Amazing, such an inspiration to all australians. MagazineAmplify That’s super. ScottMorrisonMP’s worst nightmare 2 years in a row! Looks like the AOTY review didn’t follow his script. Hope DylanAlcott has a great year

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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 .

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Dylan Alcott is the 2022 Australian of the Year. Source: AAP One of Australia's most recognisable sports stars, Dylan Alcott, has been crowned with the nation's top honour. Last year, the wheelchair tennis champion made history by becoming the first man in any form of tennis to achieve the “golden slam” after winning all four major singles titles, and a gold medal at the Paralympics in one season. And on Tuesday, Mr Alcott once again made history by becoming the first person with a disability to be named Australian of the Year since the award program launched 62 years ago. Chair of the National Australia Day Council, Danielle Roche OAM, congratulated Mr Alcott, who’s also a radio host, a motivational speaker and the founder of the Dylan Alcott Foundation, a charitable organisation helping young Australians with disability. Read More Dylan Alcott made wheelchair tennis history. Now he's helping other athletes with disability “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,” Ms Roche said in a statement on Tuesday. “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,” she added. Valmai Dempsey is Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey, 71, from Canberra has been volunteering for St John Ambulance for more than half a century. Lovingly referred to as “Aunty Val”, Ms Dempsey has always been there for her community – from offering much-needed support to bushfire-affected families to personally checking in on other volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure they were mentally and physically “doing OK”. Valmai Dempsey is the 2022 Senior Australian of the Year. Source: AAP "I believe holding out a hand to someone, or taking the opportunities to be kind. make all the difference and come back to you 1,000-fold," she told the Australian of the Year Awards in Canberra on Tuesday night. Three decades ago, Ms Dempsey started Project Survival, teaching people with addiction issues to help others who overdose. Ms Dempsey has set her sights on road safety and wants to see first aid training become compulsory for leaner drivers as it is in parts of Europe. "Our family was forever changed by a car accident more than three decades ago where people came to help but didn't know what to do," she said. "As a nation, we can rethink our approach to those critical minutes between life and death at a road accident." National Australia Day Council chair Danielle Roche praised Ms Dempsey as embodying the Australian spirit of volunteering "She has donated her time to the service of St John Ambulance for more than half a century, helping countless Australians," Ms Roche said. Daniel Nour is Young Australian of the Year Dr Daniel Nour was just 24 years old when he realised there was a gap in the healthcare system for vulnerable people in New South Wales. In August 2020, he founded Street Side Medics – a not-profit, general-practitioner-led mobile medical service for people experiencing homelessness. Less than two years on, the service – with the help of 145 volunteers and four clinics across the state – has changed the lives of more than 300 people, treating communicable and incommunicable illnesses, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, hepatitis C, HIV, heart disease and cancer. Dr Nour – now 26 – spends his days working full-time at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital and afternoons visiting the four clinics to make sure they’re operating smoothly. “Dr Daniel Nour and Street Side Medics work to make sure no Australian gets left behind, providing vital medical care and lifesaving treatment to those experiencing homelessness and who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” Ms Roche said in the statement. Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and the 2022 Young Australian of the Year winner Dr Daniel Nour. Source: AAP In his award speech, Dr Nour said "as we all sit here tonight, there are over 116,000 Australians who are experiencing homelessness". He said many of these people faced "significant barriers" when trying to access healthcare. "As a result of this, they suffer in silence," he said. He recounted several tragic stories of people whose lives could have been saved or improved if they had proper access to healthcare. "I have seen 50-year-olds like Peter die of heart failure, struggling for a breath in the cold night air. I have seen people like 40-year-old Eddie, who's living with maggots in his wounds," he said. "I have seen people like Neil, a 29-year-old Type 1 diabetic who is suffering from irreparable damage due to being unable to afford his insulin. "As Australians, it's our responsibility to advocate for those who seem to have lost their voice and to rise up to the occasion, even when we question our own ability to do so." Read More Shanna Whan is Australia’s Local Hero Shanna Whan gave up drinking after almost losing her life to alcohol addiction in 2015. Determined to help others struggling with alcohol, Ms Whan launched Sober in the Country – a grassroots charity offering peer support, education and advocacy through its “OK to say no” to booze campaign. The 47-year-old from Narrabri in northern NSW has single-handedly created radical social impact and change around how we discuss and use alcohol in rural Australia. “Shanna is an inspiring and tireless local hero who not only overcame her own life-threatening challenges, but turned the experience into a force for good. Her Sober in the Country movement is changing lives across remote and rural Australia,” Ms Roche said in the statement. Ms Whan said on Tuesday night "alcohol use is the silent pandemic we are not discussing". "And it's a pandemic that is exploding exponentially with COVID-19, no matter your postcode," Ms Whan said. "Addiction looks the same all over the country. But what you might not know is that rural people are 150 per cent more likely to suffer from alcohol harm and only 17 per cent of us will get the help we need," she said. Shanna Whan is Australia’s Local Hero. Source: AAP She said life in rural Australia "is permanent [isolation]". "We've always got plenty of beers in the fridge, but we've never really got enough services or support close by," she said. "That was my reality, and that's the reality of the people I'm fighting for. And rural people are worth fighting for because they get up and they show up in fire and flood and droughts and plagues and pandemics. And they put food on the nation's table. "So the least we can do as a nation is make sure that they're getting support when they look for it." With additional reporting by AAP. Share 25 January 2022 at 8:31pm , updated