Just 11 months after suffering a serious spinal injury during a tackle on the field, Alex McKinnon has stood for the very first time.
The 22-year old player, who vowed to walk his fiancee Teigan Power down the aisle, has been determined to get back up on his feet after the devastating injury in March, and his progress today has filled everyone around him with the hope of making the full recovery he is so adamant he will achieve.
Mckinnon addressed his progress in a statement today, “I remain on the Gold Coast, where I have been for approximately three months as I continue rehabilitation at Making Strides.”
“I am in the final stages of my current rehabilitation program on the Gold Coast.”
“When aided to stand up out of my chair, I am now able to stand for a short amount of time with assistance.”
To date, the NRL’s Rise For Alex initiative has raised over $1.4 million to help him reach his goal.
In April of this year, the Newcastle Knights revealed that they would be extending McKinnon’s contract and he is set to take on an active role at Newcastle this year, working alongside coach Rick Stone, Knights director of football Michael Hagan and high performance coach Troy Pezet in recruitment.
“I am set to return to Newcastle in the coming weeks to commence my new role with the Knights.”
“Thank you as always, for the well wishes and encouragement,” he said.