Alex McKinnon #RISEFORALEX

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  1. mozza

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    He has such a great attitude. A lot of people in his situation would be bitter and resentful towards the game after what happened to them. But there’s none of that from him. Best of luck to him.
     
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    Alex McKinnon drives solo from Newcastle to Sydney and back for the first time



    PHIL ROTHFIELD, The Daily Telegraph
    February 25, 2018 7:27am




    ALEX McKinnon’s alarm clock goes off at 4am last Tuesday morning to begin his most formidable challenge since becoming a quadriplegic.

    This is a story of remarkable courage, perseverance and determination.

    The day he drove from Newcastle to Sydney and back … on his own.

    McKinnon had to be in Sydney as a guest at the launch of Fox Sports’ NRL coverage by 8am and then at a lunchtime appointment at the SCG to interview netball legend Anne Sargeant.

    A long day for any of us, let alone someone who can’t walk.

    His rock, wife Teigan, has been there since the terrible accident in March 2014 that left him in a wheelchair for life.

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    On this Tuesday, she is working as a schoolteacher and can’t be there.

    It takes Alex an hour and a half to shower, dress and have breakfast.

    At 5.30am, while most of us are still in bed, he wheels himself up a ramp and into the specially modified VW van that is now his wheels … and his independence.

    He got his licence in December.

    There is torrential rain and a four-car pileup on the Mooney Mooney Bridge to deal with.

    I’ll let him explain how he uses the back of his head and hands to operate the car.

    “I push myself in and then press a button that locks my chair into place,” he said.

    “You push another button which locks in a device behind my head.

    “It’s like the control panel. It has indicator buttons on either side. I use my head to change lanes.

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    “There’s another button in the middle. You push it once to blow the horn. Push it for two seconds and the wipers come on. Three seconds for high beam. Four seconds for the wipers and spray.

    “Then I use my left hand to pull a lever to accelerate or push to brake.

    “My right hand is on the steering wheel. It’s a bit like driving a forklift with the one hand.”

    He arrives in Sydney at The Rocks with minutes to spare for the Fox Sports launch.

    No one has any idea of this achievement as he wheels himself in.

    “I felt quite proud of myself,” he said.

    But the physical challenges are immense.

    It’s taken three weeks to prepare for this one day.

    He’s had to roll onto his stomach to sleep at night to take pressure off the sores on his backside from constantly sitting in his chair.

    “It’s a massive thing to be driving,” McKinnon said, “It gives me a lot of confidence and it’s opened up a whole new world.

    “I consistently aim for things and try to achieve them. You set goals and you know where you want to go.

    “I guess it’s about giving other people in my position some hope. I’m just happy to appreciate the little things in life.”

    At 5.30pm that night he arrives back home in Newcastle.

    A relieved Teigan is there to greet him.

    “It’s 100 per cent up there with anything I’ve ever done,” he says.

    “I still think of my wedding day and being able to stand there as my greatest achievement.

    “Sometimes you look back and think how the f … did I do that.

    “Driving to Sydney was like that. I had no choice. I just had to be there and had to do it.”


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...e/news-story/21ea3a74a5c9151113203126427cbe97
     
  3. Tasgirl

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    Champion human being.:)
     
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    He has a great attitude!

    For me his injury is the downside of the Knights successes


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    Knightsobsessed Scott Carter

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    Congrats to Alex on the news of a new little Mckinnon in the family :thumbsup:
     
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    Lefty Tim Maddison

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    It’s great news for Alex and Teigan!


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  8. rhugh89

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    Congrats to them, Fantastic news !!
     
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    Very happy for them, great news
     
  10. Still_Nutty

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    It saddens me to think we have lost the sort of clubman Alex would have been...I consider he would have been in the same mould as Danny Buderus, had his league career continued.

    But I am so happy to see the life and future he and Teigan are carving out for themselves - he and Teigan are champions in life an deserve every happiness that comes their way:applause::applause::applause:
     
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