The Australian wheelchair tennis team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has been announced by the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC), with former wheelchair basketball player Dylan Alcott confirmed in the squad.
When Alcott takes to the court, he will be aiming to become one of only a select few to win a gold medal in two different Paralympic sports.
“Gold medals are extremely tough to win, but I want that medal more than anything," he said.
"I’m really looking forward to competing and giving my best effort out there on the biggest stage there is.
“Ever since I was a kid I dreamt about competing at the Paralympic Games, and to have realised that not only in one sport but two is a truly amazing feeling.”
Joining Alcott in Rio will be three-time Paralympian Ben Weekes, Adam Kellerman and debutante Heath Davidson.
Commenting on his selection, Kellerman said: “At London, I was excited just to be there and everything was overwhelming, but this time, I’ll be able to stay grounded and appreciate the experience more.
“To have London behind me will be a huge advantage, and I’m really looking forward to showing how far I’ve come in my first match.”
Australia have won nine medals in wheelchair tennis since it was first introduced at Barcelona 1992.
Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team Kate McLoughlin believes the 2016 Australian wheelchair tennis team is one of the strongest teams yet.
“Wheelchair tennis is an exciting sport at the Paralympic Games, for both the athletes and spectators, and the quality of competition has increased ten-fold since London,” McLoughlin said.
“We have a real mix of experience on this team. Heath is heading to his first Games, Dylan is world number one, but has never competed in wheelchair tennis at this level before, and Ben and Adam are in top form to do well for Australia."