Double Paralympic champion Dylan Alcott has been named Australian Paralympian of the Year ©Getty Images

Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott has been named as the Australian Paralympian of the Year after he won two gold medals at Rio 2016.

The 25-year-old beat Britain’s Andy Lapthorne in the final of the quad singles, which came just 24 hours after he had partnered Heath Davidson to the doubles crown.

Alcott was the leading name in the Australian team at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, spearheading the nation to their first wheelchair tennis medals for 12 years.

He will receive his prize - the highest accolade in Paralympic sport in his native country - at the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) Awards on December 8.

Previous winners of the award include swimmer Jacqueline Freney, who claimed a remarkable individual haul of eight gold medals at London 2012, and nine-time Paralympic champion on the track Louise Sauvage.

"Incredible athletes have won this title in the past, and to join this list is huge," Alcott said.

"To win the two gold medals that I had been dreaming about for four years every night when I went to bed made my year, but it’s another honour to win this award.

"As an athlete, you put in all that work over four years because you want to know and trust that when you get to the big stage you can do it, because you’ve done all that work."

Dylan Alcott, a former wheelchair basketball player, won the quad singles and doubles events at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
Dylan Alcott, a former wheelchair basketball player, won the quad singles and doubles events at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

He added: "I play sport to win gold medals for myself, my family and my country, but as a by-product of what we do, we get to speak out for people with disabilities.

"Being a Paralympian means we’re leaders in that sector, and we’re carrying the flame for that at the moment.

"It’s a beautiful thing that I get to do, and it’s humbling to be in the position that I am, where I can hopefully make some social change."

The announcement coincides with the release of a commemorative stamp depicting Alcott, who was part of Australia’s gold medal-winning wheelchair basketball side at Beijing 2008 and won a silver medal in the same sport in London four years later.

Australia Post’s special stamp features a portrait of Alcott and was made available today.

"Dylan is an athlete that truly represents the values of the Paralympic movement," APC President Glenn Tasker said.

"He has dedicated himself to his craft which has seen him add two more gold medals to his own tally, but more than that, it is his determination and courage to reach the top in a new sport that has seen him evolve into a true leader - one who has shown he is capable of creating change."

Further details of the APC awards are due to be revealed in the coming weeks, according to the governing body.