& # 39; When I turned on the TV, I never saw anyone like me & # 39 ;: wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott delivers emotional acceptance speech at the Logies after winning the most popular new talent
- Dylan Alcott won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent
- Paralympic hero Alcott said he definitely hated having a disability
- Alcott said that people with disabilities can be talented, funny and humorous
- He asked for equal opportunities for 4.5 million people with disabilities like him
- Alcott was born with a tumor around his spinal cord and underwent surgery
- He was paraplegic after the operation and has been in a wheelchair ever since
Wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott on Sunday moved the Logies audience in tears with his emotional speech after winning the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent.
Alcott, 28, was nominated for his work as co-host of ABC & # 39; s live music show The Set – and for his role on the broadcast of the Invictus Games broadcaster in October 2018.
Alcott, who represented Australia at the Paralympics and won several Grand Slam tournaments, also had audience laughter during his speech.
He said he didn't think he would win because he couldn't see a ramp to the podium, but he soon realized that there was a suitable back entrance.
& # 39; This price means a lot to me. Because I always hated having a disability. I have been in a wheelchair all my life. I hated it, & he said.
& # 39; One of the reasons, I hated it because, when I turned on the TV, I never saw anyone like me.
Wheelchair tennis player Dylan Alcott (photo) won the Graham Kennedy Award for most popular new talent on Sunday. He was nominated for his work as co-host of ABC's live music show The Set. And also as a host on the ABC coverage of the Invictus Games in October 2018.
& # 39; When I saw someone like me, it was a road safety ad where someone who was drinking got into a car accident and the next scene was someone like me whose life was over.
& # 39; And I was like that is not my life. I want to get a job on TV. & # 39;
& # 39; I love sharing stories. Also to show that people with disabilities can be talented, funny, humorous, just normal people who enjoy their lives. & # 39;
Alcott, who recently won the title of the French Open, received a thunderous applause from the audience for his speech.
In the last decade, Alcott has clearly brought more visibility to people with disabilities in sport than any other Australian.
Alcott said there are 4.5 million like him with a disability.
& # 39; So whether it's education, work, or going out on a date … whatever it is, please give them a chance, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; There are many talented people, and I promise they won't disappoint. & # 39;
Alcott left paraplegia after surgery to remove a tumor around his spinal cord shortly after he was born.
Alcott, who represented Australia at the Paralympics and won several Grand Slam tournaments, left paraplegia after surgery to remove a tumor around his spinal cord shortly after he was born
Who is Dylan Alcott?
After surgery, Dylan left paraplegia to remove a tumor around his spinal cord shortly after he was born.
At the age of 17, he became Beijing's youngest wheelchair basketball winner during the 2008 Paralympic Games.
He was initiated as a member of the Order of Australia in 2009, 18 years old.
As a tennis player, he won gold medals in the Men & # 39; s Quad Singles and Doubles at the Paralympics of 2016 in Rio.
He has since developed a successful media career and has worked as a radio presenter on Triple J and the Hit Network.
He was also co-host of ABC & # 39; s The Set and Channel Nine & # 39; s The AFL Footy Show
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