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Alex McKinnon

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Former NRL Star

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About me

  • NRL
  • Rugby league
  • Rugby
  • St George Illawarra Dragons
  • Newcastle Knights

Alex McKinnon grew up in Aberdeen, New South Wales. He left his home town at the age of 14 to attend St Gregory's College Campbelltown with a dream of playing professional Rugby League. Alex was selected in every New South Wales and Australian representative team throughout his junior years, which culminated in his selection as captain of the Australian Junior Kangaroos in 2012. 


In 2014 at the age of 22, and with 49 NRL games experience, Alex suffered a horrific spinal cord Injury from a lifting tackle while playing professional rugby league for the Newcastle Knights in Melbourne. After enduring an extended period in Intensive care and hospital, Alex was classified as a quadriplegic. Confronted by the inability to walk, use his hands, or perform normal daily activities, Alex was suddenly facing unimaginable challenges. With the world watching, Alex made a commitment to break the ‘why me?’ mentality and make the most of his situation.


Now focusing on rehab, media and reinventing himself, Alex continually challenges himself to get out of his comfort zone, resist being governed by the uncontrollable and is motivated to be the best he can possibly be. By maintaining a positive outlook and nurturing his motivation for personal and professional development, Alex has a passion for seeking perspective, leadership and helping others achieve their best.


Now a loving husband and father, Alex has been given a completely different outlook on life and takes the opportunity to spread his inspirational message on overcoming adversity, managing change and addressing mental health issues.

Based in

  • New South Wales

Available in

  • New South Wales

Available for

  • Birthday party appearance
  • Social media post
  • Deliver a speech
  • Team announcement (captain, awards etc.)
  • Message for specific person
  • Club or event promotion
  • Video Q&A
  • Other
  • Mingle & socialise
  • MC