Despite his strong swimming bloodline, David McKeon didn’t take up competitive swimming until 2010 when he watched Sister Emma compete at the World Youth Olympics and was inspired to follow in her footsteps. Since then David has already made three Australian teams and has competed at an Olympic and a Commonwealth Games.
David has a number of family connections to the sport, his father Ron has won two Commonwealth gold medals and competed at two Olympic Games, mother Susie competed at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and Uncle Rob is an Olympic medallist. This family backing has placed both David and sister Emma in a strong position for their swimming careers.
In 2011 David swam in his first National Championship where he finished 6th and 21st in the 400m and 200m Freestyle. Then in 2012 in David’s second year of competitive swimming he finished 1st and 3rd in the 400m and 200m Freestyle at the National Championships and made his first Australian team, qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games David won gold in the 4x200m Freestyle and finished second in the 400m Freestyle after setting world record pace throughout the race only to be overtaken in the last lap. In 2015 David competed at the World Championships in Russia where he won a Bronze medal in the 4x200m Freestyle relay team.
In 2016 David competed at his second Olympics in Rio where he made the final of the 400m Freestyle and finished in 7th place. He was also a part of the 4x200m Freestyle relay team who swam in the final and finished in 4th narrowly missing out on a Bronze medal.