'That's Not My Life': Dylan Alcott Accepts Most Popular New Talent Logie With Powerful Speech
In a showstopper of a speech, Paralympian Dylan Alcott proved once again why he deserved his Logie on Sunday.
Nominated for his work on 'Invictus Games Tonight' as well as 'The Set', Alcott took to the stage to accept the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent and gave one of the most emotional speeches of the night.
"This award means a lot to me," Alcott said after thanking his co-hosts and those close to him.
"I absolutely used to hate having a disability. I've been in a wheelchair my whole life and I hated it," he continued.
"One of the reasons I did hate it is when I turned on the TV I never saw anybody like me," he said.
"When I did see somebody like me, it was a road safety ad where someone drink drives, has a car accident and the next scene is someone like me whose life's over.
"I was like, 'That's not my life'. I wanted to get a job on TV because I love sharing stories but also to show that people with disability can be talented, funny, humorous -- just normal people enjoying their lives."
"To every single person that gave me an opportunity," Alcott said fighting back tears, "thank you so bloody much."
He ended his speech with an impassioned plea: "There are 4.5 million people like me with a disability. Whether it's in education, employment, going on a date, whatever it is, please give them an opportunity too. Because there are a lot of bloody talented people out there. I promise you they won't disappoint."
Featured image: Nine Network.