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Injured league star Alex McKinnon announces engagement to Teigan Power

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Alex McKinnon announces engagement

Injured Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon announces his engagement to long-time girlfriend Teigan Power. Nine News.

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Less than two weeks after his neck was broken in a lifting tackle, Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon has announced his engagement to girlfriend Teigan Power and declared he will walk her down the aisle.

In an uplifiting turn to the terrible incident, McKinnon on Sunday night posted a photograph of himself and his girlfriend to Instagram along with a message of thanks to all his supporters.

Alex McKinnon with partner Teigan Power at last year's Newcastle Knights awards night.

Alex McKinnon with partner Teigan Power at last year's Newcastle Knights awards night. Photo: Ryan Osland

He ended the post by announcing his engagement to his girlfriend of three years and promising to walk her down the aisle.

The popular 22-year-old from Aberdeen suffered a career-ending spinal injury against the Melbourne Storm two weeks ago.

Alex McKinnon at training with the Knights last month.

Alex McKinnon at training with the Knights last month. Photo: Darren Pateman

McKinnon remains in Melbourne's The Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition with a spinal injury.

He was brought out of an induced coma last Sunday following surgery for damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae and has been conscious since.

He has some movement in his right arm, but no movement in his left arm or legs.

Alex McKinnon receiving medical attention after suffering the injury.

Alex McKinnon receiving medical attention after suffering the injury. Photo: Getty Images

McKinnon has been stoic, while his family have reminded people the young man they love is a fighter.

McKinnon chose Instagram to make his first public statement since suffering the horrific injury.

''This girl is my soldier, I am truly overwhelmed with the support and wishes from everybody in the rugby league society and the community at large,'' McKinnon wrote.

Heavy impact: Newcastle's Alex McKinnon as he suffers the neck injury.

Heavy impact: Newcastle's Alex McKinnon as he suffers the neck injury. Photo: Fox Sports

''Your ongoing support will never be forgotten. P.S when life throws you struggles respond with a smile. So happy to announce Teigan and my engagement.''

McKinnon concluded the post with a pair of hashtags: #throughthickandthin #iwillwalkherdowntheaisle.

Another hashtag - #riseforalex - has been trending on social media as McKinnon continues to recover from the two fractured vertebrae and spinal injuries he suffered in a three-man lifting tackle against the Storm.

Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean was handed a seven-week ban for the dangerous throw.

A country boy at heart from a proud rugby league town, details about McKinnon's character and attitude have been revealed since his injury.

Knights coach Wayne Bennett said McKinnon was more like a son, describing a loyal and selfless young man.

''We play a tough game and Alex is a tough young man. Nobody's fool. He doesn't walk around trying to show he's tough, but he is. And I've always loved his humility,'' Bennett wrote in a recent column.

''Never seen him drunk. Not once. Never seen him do anything stupid. No one's ever talked about Alex like that.''

The message and photograph were ''liked'' by hundreds of Instagram users on Sunday night and posted onto Twitter were hundreds more users – including the Newcastle Knights official account – began sending their congratulations.

''Wow even through all the hardships that Alex Mckinnon has been facing he has found some happiness! Congrats on his engagement! #RiseforAlex,'' one Twitter user wrote.

''Great to hear that Alex McKinnon and his girlfriend are now engaged. A positive from a terrible situation,'' another person wrote.

''Congrats on the engagement @mckinnon92 and Teigan. You sir are a real inspiration, keep up the good work,'' another wrote.

Originally from Denman, Power is studying primary school teaching at the University of Newcastle and working at a Newcastle pub.

McKinnon's last Twitter post from February says Ms Power gave him a voucher to skydive over Wollongong Beach.

''Sometimes I suppose you've got to face your fears,'' McKinnon wrote.

Newcastle Herald

12 comments

  • Wholehearted congratulations!!!!

    Commenter
    John
    Date and time
    April 07, 2014, 12:38AM
    • God bless you Alex, we are all prayer for your recovery, that you will truly walk with your lovely future wife down life's journey. All the best you man.

      Commenter
      David
      Location
      Aspley
      Date and time
      April 07, 2014, 7:50AM
      • Love in faith transcends mortal challenge.

        Commenter
        AntNom
        Location
        Narrabeen
        Date and time
        April 07, 2014, 8:11AM
        • A huge congratulations to you both. Hang in there Alex and really want to see you walking down that aisle to marry your gorgeous fiance. Best wishes and very good luck to you both.

          Commenter
          Belinda
          Location
          New Zealand
          Date and time
          April 07, 2014, 10:09AM
          • hang in there champ.....may the angels of the Lord watch over you.....wishing you a happy and speedy recovery

            Commenter
            qsmalik
            Location
            dharruk
            Date and time
            April 07, 2014, 10:09AM
            • I really hope you have a great life together. Can't wait to see the pictures of you both walking down the aisle. Congrats.

              Commenter
              Melrose
              Location
              Sydney
              Date and time
              April 07, 2014, 10:42AM
              • Congratulations to them both. Honestly the guys humility, courage and dedication is a lesson to the other sports stars. Truly a mental giant of a man.

                Commenter
                Newcastle Export
                Date and time
                April 07, 2014, 12:18PM
                • Teigan will have a lot of pressure on her to stand by her man. It's a highly emotional time, and it would be wise for her to wait, and not feel pressured by others' expectations. In the same situation where the woman is injured, or a child is born disabled, the bloke is straight out the door. Think of YOUR life Teigan, yours' at least as important as Alex's.

                  Commenter
                  D Murphy
                  Location
                  Nedlands
                  Date and time
                  April 07, 2014, 2:06PM
                  • I agree. At what must be a very stressful time, surely it would be more advisable to wait, give yourselves time to adjust to the new situation and work on any possible recovery. I would say never go against your gut instinct, as it will all unravel anyway. Who knows what she is feeling, but I am sure there would be a fair dose of fear in the mix given so many unknowns at the moment. I feel sorry for her being put in that position.

                    Commenter
                    Kool kat
                    Date and time
                    April 07, 2014, 4:37PM
                  • I totally agree with your comments D. Murphy. It is a very emotional time for you both and your families. Sadly many relationships break up if one of the partners suffers serious life changing injuries. Hopefully you can both overcome the hurdles that will follow . It will be very difficult at times but hope that you can have a wonderful relationship.

                    Commenter
                    Margaret
                    Location
                    New Zealand
                    Date and time
                    April 08, 2014, 10:24AM

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