Meet Kenny McGonnell
We're delighted to welcome Kenny to the Albany Swim Club. Here, he describes how he got to where he is today – and the exciting goals he has planned for the future.
"I’ve always been a lover of swimming especially when I was able to complete the Rottnest Channel Swim Solo in 2015 along with any other sport that personally challenged me. In May 2017 all of this changed when I had a motor cycle accident landing on my head, breaking my neck and back which resulted in me becoming a Paraplegic and not being able to walk again. In hospital, initially, it was all a bit of a blur but the one thing I do remember was a rehabilitation pool – it excited me as I already knew how to swim, well I thought I did!
The first time I got in the pool I told my physiotherapist ‘I got this, you don’t need to support me' ... then I just sank! From then, I knew I had a lot of work to do – I basically had to learn how to swim again in a different way. My goal was to compete in the 2018 Rottnest Channel Swim and see where my swimming could take me in the future. Joining the Albany Swim club has enabled me to challenge myself even more, and helped me to get classified at the Sydney Age championships recently. I now aspire to compete at national competitions to hopefully make it to the Paralympics in the near future."