David McKeon is an Australian Olympic swimmer who has established himself as an excellent competitor in 200m and 400m Freestyle events. David did not take up competitive swimming until he was 18, after he watched his sister Emma compete at the Youth Olympics and was inspired to follow in her footsteps.
In 2011 David competed in his first National Championship where he finished 6th and 21st in the 400m and 200m Freestyle. A year later in his second year of competitive swimming, he made his first Australian Team, qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.
David’s hunger for the sport continued and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he won Gold in the 4x200m Freestyle and finished second in the 400m Freestyle after setting world record pace throughout the race only to be over taken in the last lap. 2015 saw more success 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.
David continued his strong form in 2017, collecting Silver in the National Championships for the 400m Freestyle event and is currently training for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with his coach Michael Bohl.
David has a number of family connections to the sport, his father Ron has won two Commonwealth Games, mother Susie competed at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and Uncle Rob is an Olympic medallist. This family history in the sport has placed both David and sister Emma in a strong position for their swimming careers.