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David
McKeon
AustraliaAustralia, AUS
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 July 1992
Height
195 cm
Weight
85 kg
Residence
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies - University of Wollongong: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at a young age but gave up the sport at about age 12. He started swimming again at age 17.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up swimming again after seeing his sister Emma represent Australia in the sport.
Club / Team
Griffith University: Nathan, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Michael Bohl [club]; Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Australia

General Interest

Nicknames
Dave (olympics.com.au, 18 Mar 2012)
Hobbies
Basketball. (olympics.com.au, 18 Mar 2012)
Hero / Idol
Swimmers Ian Thorpe and Ryan Lochte. (olympics.com.au, 2012; waxxindustries.com.au, 2012)
Injuries
A right shoulder complaint forced him to withdraw from the 2018 Australian Pan Pacific Championships Trials in Oaklands Park, SA, Australia. He had been dealing with the injury since October 2017. The injury also led to his withdrawal from the 4x200m freestyle at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (swimswam.com, 30 Jun 2018, Twitter profile, 04 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives
His father Ron represented Australia in swimming at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games and won four Commonwealth Games gold medals. His mother Susie was also a Commonwealth Games swimmer, and his maternal uncle Rob Woodhouse also swam at two Olympic Games. His sister Emma is an international swimmer. (olympics.com.au, 16 Mar 2012; illawarramercury.com.au, 20 Mar 2012; swimvortex.com, 19 May 2015)
Other information
OTHER STUDIES
He has studied at the Nathan Campus of Griffith University in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (Facebook profile, 06 May 2018)

SIBLING RIVALRY
He has said his sister has been a driving force behind his transformation into a serious swimmer. However, his father claims that the motivation was probably born more from sibling rivalry. "Even at school carnivals Emma was quick and David couldn't even match her in 50m races. I'll never forget the day at a regional school carnival that he actually pipped her and [the rivalry] was on." (canberratimes.com.au, 16 Mar 2012)