Excelling in the athletics arena

An injury may have kept Brock Kenny sidelined for a while, but the inspiring teenager has bounced back on to the podium, collecting gold at a recent state athletics event.

Only about 18 months after being told he would never play football again as a result of suffering damage to his leg, the 16-year-old is excelling in the athletics arena.

Earlier this month he was named in the 2020 WA State All Schools Team for a second consecutive year after claiming first place in the under-18 shot put, discus and javelin events as a para athlete at the recent Go For 2&5 WA All Schools Championships in Perth.

Kenny competed at the 2019 Australian All Schools Championships in December, and would be preparing to travel to this year’s event if it hadn’t been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To make his comeback even more memorable, Kenny was recently selected into the South West Academy of Sport’s Individual Athlete Support Program, giving him access to extra support to help him reach his sporting goals.

The Newton Moore Senior High School student said he worked hard to recover from the long jump incident that resulted in ACL and LCL tears with permanent nerve damage and required a full knee reconstruction.

“I had a lot of rehab to do and mostly mental health,” Kenny said.

“I went back to basics and just did standing throws and slowly got into run-ups and spins.”