Alex McKinnon Wiki – Alex McKinnon Biography
Alex McKinnon is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer whose career was cut short by a spinal injury suffered in a 2014 National Rugby League Premiership match against Melbourne. He also played lock and center. He started his career with the St. George Illawarra Dragons before moving to the Newcastle Knights in 2012. He moved to St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown in Grade 7 and played his junior football for the Aberdeen Tigers. He then signed with the St. George Illawarra Dragons. He played for the Dragons’ Toyota Cup team from 2008 to 2010, playing in 41 games. He was named on the bench in Round 11 of the 2010 NRL season after prop Dan Hunt was ruled out in the warm-up, however, he didn’t get on the field. In Round 14 of the 2011 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Dragons against the Gold Coast Titans. He scored 2 tries on his debut. At the end of 2011, McKinnon was named second-row in the 2011 Toyota Cup Team of the Year. He signed a 3-year contract with the Newcastle Knights starting in 2012 to be closer to his family in the Hunter Region and the fact he is originally from the area.
In Round 1 of the 2012 NRL season, he made his debut for the Knights against his former team, the St. George Illawarra Dragons. After playing the first 7 rounds, he was named at second-row in the inaugural Under 20’s State of Origin match for New South Wales. On 2 October 2012, McKinnon was named second-row in the Junior Kangaroos team to face the Junior Kiwis. In 2013, McKinnon was selected for the Country team to play the City in the annual City vs Country Origin match. While playing in the 2014 NRL season round 3 matches against Melbourne at AAMI Park, on March 24, McKinnon was injured in a dangerous tackle close to half-time with Storm players Jordan McLean, Jesse Bromwich, and Kenny Bromwich. He suffered fractures to his C4 and C5 vertebrae and was admitted to The Alfred Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. McLean was given a seven-match suspension for the tackle. McKinnon was left a quadriplegic. He received the maximum insurance payout of $500,000 and was assured a “job for life” with the NRL. The NRL’s Round 19 in 2014 included a fundraising event called “Rise for Alex”, with $1 for every fan attending any of the eight games donated to help him pay for his continuous medical bills and rehabilitation.
He started working with the Knights in January 2015 and in October 2015 became a recruitment coordinator. In December 2016, he announced that he would sue the NRL and Melbourne Storm’s Jordan McLean for compensation. In March 2017, McKinnon quit his role with the Knights to focus on public speaking. He returned to his recruitment position in November 2018. Following his injury in 2014, the two NRL clubs that McKinnon had played for in his career, the Newcastle Knights and St. George Illawarra Dragons, together instituted the Alex McKinnon Cup for the 2015 NRL Season. The trophy is contested between the two clubs on the first occasion the two sides meet in a season.
Alex McKinnon Age
He was born on February 5, 1992 in Aberdeen, Australia.
Alex McKinnon Wife
He married his wife, Teigan Power on October 8, 2017. He proposed to his wife, Teigan two weeks after his injury.
Alex McKinnon Children
He has three children. His first child, a baby girl named Harriet Anne was born on October 7, 2018. In November 2020, they announced they were expecting twins in May 2021. The twins, Audrey Jill and Violet John McKinnon were born on April 26th, 2021.
Alex McKinnon Family
He is the son of Scott and Kate McKinnon and was born in the Hunter Valley region of Aberdeen, New South Wales.
Alex McKinnon Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches tall.
Alex McKinnon Instagram
Alex McKinnon’s Instagram account is @alexmmckinnon.