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'My purpose in changing perceptions' : Australian of the year Dylan Alcott's - ABC News

Dylan Alcott made history on Tuesday night in becoming the first person with a visible disability to be made Australian of the Year in the award's 62-year history.

The 31-year-old athlete, Paralympian, philanthropist, media commentator and advocate was recognised for both his sport and disability awareness work.

Alcott told ABC News Breakfast he was still emotional after receiving the prestigious award.

"To be named Australian of the Year and to get it for not just being good at tennis, but for the work off the court … my purpose 10 years ago, yesterday, today and as Australian of the Year, it's never changed," he said.

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