Grant Kenny

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Grant Kenny
Personal information
Full name Grant Hayden Kenny
Nationality Australian
Born (1963-06-14) 14 June 1963 (age 51)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport canoe sprint, Ironman surf lifesaving

Grant Hayden Kenny OAM (born 14 June 1963 in Maryborough, Queensland) is an Australian former Ironman, surf lifesaver and canoer.

Career[edit]

Kenny made headlines in 1980 when, as a 16-year-old, he won both the Australian Junior and Open Iron Man Championship on the same day. Kenny then won the Australian Open Ironman Title for the following three years. He also became a household name in Australia due to his sponsorship deals with Kelloggs Nutri-Grain, and appeared in television commercials for the cereal.

After turning his attention to kayaks in the mid-1980s, Kenny later became an important figure in creating the Uncle Toby's Super Series, which was a ground-breaking professional Iron Man circuit that lasted for 12 years. Kenny was also a competitor in the first two seasons, but by 1989 his other interests had taken away the necessary time to train for such a demanding sport and his results were never anything like his domination during his late teens.

In kayaks, Kenny competed in two Summer Olympics. He won a bronze medal in the K-2 1000 m event with Barry Kelly at Los Angeles in 1984.

Honours[edit]

Kenny is a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia, which he received in 1986 for his service to sport.[1] He has also been awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000,[2] and the Centenary Medal in 2001,[3] both for his services to the sporting and business world. He was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1996.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1966, Kenny's father, Hayden, became Australia’s first ironman champion; with wife Fey, he established Hayden surfcraft; he also spent many years as a crewman and board member for Sunshine Rescue Helicopter Service.

Kenny was married to the Australian Commonwealth swimming champion Lisa Curry-Kenny in 1986. They have three children, Jaimi, Morgan and Jett. Curry-Kenny and Kenny separated in May 2009. Kenny and his former wife co-own the Curry Kenny Aviation Group, which in 2009 owned approximately 60 aircraft.[5]

On 17 December 2012 it was reported that he was the father of a yet-to-be-born baby with Australian radio announcer and comedian Fifi Box. On 5 April 2013 Fifi Box gave birth to a baby girl.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ It's an Honour - Medal of the Order of Australia
  2. ^ It's an Honour - Australian Sports Medal
  3. ^ It's an Honour - Centenary Medal
  4. ^ "Grant Kenny OAM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b McCullough, James (2009-05-29). "Lisa Curry-Kenny, Grant Kenny separating after 23 years of marriage". The Courier-Mail (News Limited). Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  6. ^ AAP (2009-05-29). "Sporting couple Curry and Kenny split". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2009-05-30. 

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