Why this Olympic gold medalist had to lie on his CV to bag interview

Why this Olympic gold medalist had to lie on his CV to bag interview

To be a future Olympic medallist, you need to have some incredible skills – discipline, determination, dedication – and you might think that these translate well into the world of work.

However, Dylan Alcott, who won gold at the Beijing and Rio Paralympics in two different sports, found that employers were quick to overlook his sporting prowess and focus on something else when he was looking for a job growing up.

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Comments (1)

  • Boris
    Tue, 3 Jul 2018 1:49pm BST
    As a wheelchair user myself i have never had to hide my disability on an application form but i do understand the sentiment. Sometimes you feel like you have to work twice as hard to be noticed when you're in a wheelchair, I've always felt that i have to justify why i can do a role even though i have more experience or am overqualified. It also raises the issue, internally, about how accessible a building or campus is. Little things like not have adjustable podiums for presentations, or having to wait for lifts because able bodied people hog them, none of which means i can't do the job but for some employers they simply can't be bothered to put in the reasonable adjustments. It's about time that accessibility laws were enforced across the board, stop making excuses. Disabled people are valuable, it just needs employers to see that.