- Published: Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:16
Australian Paralympian Dylan Alcott is using his fourth-straight Australian Open quad wheelchair title as an opportunity to inspire disabled athletes of the future.
The OCS Australia and New Zealand PRM (passengers with reduced mobility) ambassador beat David Wagner of the USA in straight sets, 7-6 6-1 on Rod Laver arena.
Alcott says he was thrilled to see so many children with disabilities courtside watching the match.
“Hopefully for the next generation of athletes with disabilities, it’ll be easier for them because of me,” he says.
The 27-year old has signed for a fourth year as the OCS PRM ambassador, which sees him advising the company on providing better services for people with reduced mobility.
This has resulted in mobility devices being ‘red-tagged’ as special luggage and training for those dealing with PRM passengers at airports.
“There’s a stigma that is associated with having a disability – that you’re a bit broken and a bit less capable. There are a lot of people doing it tough, and I’d really like to change the way people with disabilities are perceived.”
“Travelling in a wheelchair, or with any physical disability, is such hard work that it stops a lot of people from even bothering. OCS made the journey a lot easier for me. They’ve been an unbelievable help, and I couldn’t do what I’ve been doing without them.”
OCS managing director Australia & New Zealand Gareth Marriott says Alcott’s fourth Australian title in a row is amazing, as is the positive effect he has on those around him.
“What’s really special is the proudness Dylan displayed in being a disabled athlete and the future he envisions for disabled children who dream of becoming sport stars,” Mr Marriott says
As well as continuing his work with OCS, Alcott has his sights set on Wimbledon, which is holding a quad wheelchair tournament for the first time in 2018.
“Pulling on the ‘all whites’ is a dream of mine. Saying I can’t wait until Wimbledon is the understatement of my life.”
- Published: Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:37
OCS have announced a structural change to bring greater integration to their Australian and New Zealand businesses.
The Managing Director of OCS New Zealand, Gareth Marriott, has been appointed to a newly created role of Managing Director for New Zealand and Australia.
Gareth Marriott will be supported by a regional executive team to manage the company’s hygiene, facilities management, cleaning and waste services in Australia and in New Zealand.
Announcing the appointment, OCS Group CEO Peter Slator confirmed:
“The move will allow us to develop our Pacific operations, and build from our success and learnings on both sides of the Tasman.
“Gareth has a wealth of experience, strong relationships, and a good knowledge of OCS across Australia and New Zealand, having worked in both territories since he joined us in 2012.”
Gareth will be spending the coming months meeting with customers, employees and suppliers. He will split his time between Sydney, Perth and New Zealand and says he’s looking forward to getting reacquainted with the Australian business.
Explaining his approach to the new role, Gareth says: “It will be business as usual in both countries, with a key focus being spending time with or Australian employees, customers and suppliers to understand where they see improvements that can be made. There won’t be any immediate changes, other than ensuring we can continue to deliver outstanding services across the board.”
- Published: Monday, 02 February 2015 11:27
Dylan Alcott, OCS Australia's Ambassador for PRM (Passengers with Reduced Mobility) won the Australian Open Quad Men's Singles title yesterday at the first 2015 Grand Slam event in Melbourne. He won 6-2 6-3 against David Wagner (USA) - the current number 1 ranked player in the world - who had won this title for each of the past five years.
Watching the match was OCS' Chief Executive Officer Australasia & North Asia, Brett Bannister, who said: "Dylan is a unique individual who has overcome adversity to become a leader in his sport and in the development of opportunities for people with disabilities. We congratulate Dylan on his latest success and wish him well for his upcoming events on the world tour".
Dylan has been our PRM Ambassador since late 2013 and has contributed to a number of initiatives in our ever-increasing regional aviation business. Dylan demonstrates all the OCS values and is an example to us all of what can be achieved through focus and dedication to achieve set goals.
- February 2015
- Published: Tuesday, 30 December 2014 10:18
OCS is committed to strengthening relationships with our supplier partners. Nilfisk are a global supplier of equipment to OCS and a key supporter of global, regional and local initiatives.
Earlier this month when Chris Cracknell (OCS Group CEO) was visiting the Australian business, he long with Brett Bannister (Chief Executive OfficerAustralasia & North Asia) and Gareth Marriott (Managing Director - Australia) met with Nilfisk executives; Jim Athanas (General Manager AU & NZ), Ritchie Bloomfield (Professional Business Unit Manager) and Kamal Kamalaneson (Corporate Account Director - Professional Products). They hosted the OCS team at their facility in Blacktown in Sydney’s north-west, where they explored possible joint strategic opportunities with the aim of further developing and improving our partnership, reducing our cost of business, improving customer service and providing greater service consistency and innovation.
(l-r): Kamal Kamalenson (Nilfisk), Brett Bannister (OCS), Gareth Marriott (OCS), Jim Athanas (Nilfisk), Chris Cracknell (OCS) and Ritchie Bloomfield (Nilfisk).
- January 2015
- Published: Friday, 12 December 2014 01:37
Dylan Alcott, OCS Australia’s PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) Ambassador, Paralympic basketball player and world number two ranked wheelchair tennis player, this morning completed a 24-hour marathon, smashing the world record for the longest continuous game of Wheelchair Tennis and raising over AU$63,000 for charity.
Separate to our ongoing sponsorship of Dylan, OCS Australia made a donation of $500 along with IPS also making a $500 contribution which will go to his chosen charities; the Starlight Foundation and Variety Children’s Charity, which helped him as a child.
Numerous sports stars and celebrities, including Australian tennis players Sam Groth (pictured right) and Sam Stosur, basketball star Liz Cambage, and local AFL (footy) players Jack Watts and Tom Hawkins were there to challenge Dylan during the event which took place at Melbourne Park.
After the marathon ended at 7:00am, Alcott said he was relieved to have made it all the way through, but the experience was "brutal".
"Family, friends, everyone that hit with me and came down or donated - it was a much better day than I could have dreamed of three months ago," Alcott said.
"It was unbelievable."
But Alcott did not come away unscathed, saying his arm was feeling a bit sore.
"It was killing me at the end, I've had like 20 different pills which is probably not good," he said.
Challenging perceptions of people with disability
Alcott's mission in and out of the sports arena has been focused on challenging the status quo for people with disabilities.
"There are people out there with disabilities doing amazing things but unfortunately they don't get the chance to show off - they don't get out of the house and get amongst the general public, and when they do, often the public doesn't know how to handle it," he said.
"If I could take a magic pill that would mean I'm not in a wheelchair anymore, you couldn't pay me enough to take it - the Dylan in the wheelchair is the same as the Dylan without."
Dylan has become a member of the OCS family. We support each other’s goals and our relationship embodies our Core Values, ‘can-do’, relationships and responsibilities (to the community). Dylan’s Ambassadorship has added great value to our PRM and aviation clients around the Australia and we look forward to supporting his future endeavours.
- December 2014