Dylan Alcott has won the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent at the Logies, and wow, WHAT A SPEECH he gave!
The 28-year-old tennis star and paralympian used his moment in the spotlight to highlight why it’s so important to have more disability representation on TV.
“I used to absolutely hate having a disability. I’ve been in a wheelchair my whole life, and I hated it,” Dylan began.
“One of the reasons I did hate it was, when I turned on the TV, I never saw anyone like me. And when I did see someone like me, it was on a road safety ad where someone drink drives, has a car accident and the next scene is someone like me whose life is over. And I was like, that’s not my life.”
The ABC presenter who attended the evening with partner Chantelle Otten continued to thank the networks who gave him a chance to show the world what people in wheelchairs are capable of.
“I wanted to get a job on TV because I love sharing stories but also to show that people with disabilities can be talented, funny, humorous,” Dylan said, “just normal people enjoying their lives.
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“To everyone who gave me an opportunity, thank you so bloody much. There are four and a half million people like me with a disability so whether it’s in education, employment, going on a date, whatever it is, please give them an opportunity. Because there are a lot of bloody talented people out there. And I promise you, they won’t disappoint!”
Definitely the speech of the night.
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