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July 14th, 2018 by admin

2016 Rio Paralympics: Victoria’s Paralympians feted in the heart of Melbourne

Heath Davidson (left) and Dylan Alcott during a parade in Melbourne on Wednesday to celebrate the Australian Paralympic team. Photo: Paul JeffersMembers of Australia’s triumphant wheelchair rugby team and two-time wheelchair tennis gold medallist Dylan Alcott were among those Paralympians recognised at a heroes’ reception in Melbourne on Wednesday.
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Australia’s wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, saved one of Australia’s most memorable moments of the Paralympics until the final day in Rio last month when they defended their gold medal with an epic double overtime victory over the US.

Most of the squad comes from Victoria.

Melbourne-born Alcott won both singles and doubles wheelchair tennis gold, combining with childhood friend Heath Davidson to win the quad doubles.

In the heart of Melbourne on Wednesday, they were feted by thousands of supporters, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews and Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau.

“There’s nothing quite so inspiring as seeing our Paralympic champions fly the green and gold flag on sport’s greatest stage. We’re so proud of them,” Mr Andrews said.

With a return of 22 golds, 30 silver and 29 bronze in Rio, Australia was able to retain its spot in the top five on the medal tally, finishing behind China, Great Britain, Ukraine and the US.

The last time Australia dropped out of the top five was in Barcelona in 1992, but the reduced number of golds was, in part, due to the absence of record-breaking swimmers Matthew Cowdrey and Jacqueline Freney.

Alcott, 25, won gold in a second Paralympic sport after he was a member of Australia’s successful wheelchair basketball team in 2008.

He has also been nominated for the Sport Australia Hall of Fame “Don” award, as well as para-canoe gold medallist and former soldier Curtis McGrath.

“The Don” is awarded to the athlete or team who has most inspired the nation.

Other finalists include Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, Olympic rowing gold medallist Kim Brennan and teenage Olympic 100-metres freestyle swimming gold medallist Kyle Chalmers.

The winner will be announced at a function in Melbourne on October 13.

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