ALEX McKinnon continues to move a step closer to his dream of walking his fiance down the aisle, walking 80 metres over the Grand Final weekend.
Early in 2014, the Newcastle Knights rising star was critically injured in an NRL game with the Melbourne Storm.
He suffered two fractured vertebrae in a tackle that stunned the entire NRL community, and indeed the rest of Australia.
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He was told he would never walk again.
However, the 23-year-old has refused to accept that as his fate.
On Saturday, McKinnon shared a video on his Instagram account, showing him walking 80 metres with the help of his Gold Coast rehabilitation team.
With all the support and care from people all around the world I feel it’s important to continue to give people an update of how my progress is going with my Injury. Update: Anybody that has had an injury be it big or small understands the frustration that comes with rehab and the feeling of it being out of your control. Yet you continue to persist to turn up & push to see a change even though sometimes you think it is so far away. This week I had a really good week up on the Gold Coast at @makingstridesau and sore some improvement it the ability to lock out my knees, in this small clip I am in a harness and using a walking frame and the assistants of a trainer to swing my legs through. Though the ability of my legs being able to lock out continually over a long period (80 metres) and not tire is a big improvement for me as I couldn’t not do this before. This may seem small though it is an improvement, I’m a very hard marker on myself and to see a change is big for me. I do my rehab with not only the main goal of being able to walk again in mind but also to stay as healthy & active as possible and to keep my body in the best shape I can so when one day there is a cure of SCI I will be ready. …. Must be cause it’s Grand Final Week, Goodluck.
McKinnon has always stated he would walk long-time girlfriend, and now fiance, Teigan Power, down the aisle.
This girl is my soldier, I am truely overwhelmed with the support and wishes from everybody in the rugby league society and the community at large. Your on going support will never be forgotten. PS. When life throws you struggles respond with a smile. So happy to announce Teigan and my engagement. #throughthickandthin #iwillwalkherdowntheisle
A photo posted by @alexmmckinnon on