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Friday, 17 August 2018

Australian Paralympic champion Dylan Alcott left stranded on plane without wheelchair


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Australian Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott has vented his frustration at being left stranded on a plane after airline staff were unable to locate his wheelchair.

Left waiting “too long”, the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year was compelled to take to Twitter in a post that highlighted the glaring inequalities that still exist for people living with a disability.

“Left on ANOTHER PLANE without my wheelchair being brought to the gate,” Alcott began.

“No idea where it is. Waiting for TOO LONG!

https://twitter.com/DylanAlcott/status/1030308548490584064

“Australian airlines need to sort their sh—out. It is inhuman and unfair taking peoples independence away and not caring about it.”

Alcott’s post garnered a torrent of support among fans and athletes alike who aired their disbelief over the unacceptable standards Alcott, and others like him, are too often subjected to.

https://twitter.com/GorgiCoghlan/status/1030335667908169729

https://twitter.com/MaryGearin/status/1030315145065455616

Alcott’s success across multiple sports, in both wheelchair basketball and tennis, has earnt him the reputation as one of Australia’s most talented and decorated athletes.

At 17 years of age Alcott won gold with the Australian men’s national wheelchair basketball team at the Beijing Paralympics.

With a desire for more, Alcott returned to his love for tennis in 2014 with the aim of participating at the 2016 Rio Paralympics where he would win gold in the Men’s Quad Singles and Doubles.

Australian Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott has vented his frustration at being left stranded on a plane after airline staff were unable to locate his wheelchair.

Left waiting “too long”, the 2016 Australian Paralympian of the Year was compelled to take to Twitter in a post that highlighted the glaring inequalities that still exist for people living with a disability.

“Left on ANOTHER PLANE without my wheelchair being brought to the gate,” Alcott began.

“No idea where it is. Waiting for TOO LONG!

https://twitter.com/DylanAlcott/status/1030308548490584064

“Australian airlines need to sort their sh—out. It is inhuman and unfair taking peoples independence away and not caring about it.”

Alcott’s post garnered a torrent of support among fans and athletes alike who aired their disbelief over the unacceptable standards Alcott, and others like him, are too often subjected to.

https://twitter.com/GorgiCoghlan/status/1030335667908169729

https://twitter.com/MaryGearin/status/1030315145065455616

Alcott’s success across multiple sports, in both wheelchair basketball and tennis, has earnt him the reputation as one of Australia’s most talented and decorated athletes.

At 17 years of age Alcott won gold with the Australian men’s national wheelchair basketball team at the Beijing Paralympics.

With a desire for more, Alcott returned to his love for tennis in 2014 with the aim of participating at the 2016 Rio Paralympics where he would win gold in the Men’s Quad Singles and Doubles.

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