It is one of the the most remarkable achievements in Australian sporting history.
On a typically perfect Sunshine Coast day 40 years ago, surf lifesaving legend Grant Kenny announced himself to the world with a herculean performance.
As a 16 year old, he won the senior Ironman national title then got back on the start line less than an hour later to win the junior crown.
It had never been done before. Has never been done again. And under current rules and programming formats, it can’t be repeated.
In 2016 I was working for Surf Life Saving Australia when we took the Australian Championships back to Maroochydore for the first time since that 1980 epic.
As part of the promotional activity, I managed to track down the vintage footage of GK doing his thing on that memorable day. Some astute lifesaving stalwarts who were there that day gave up their time to recall their memories. I’ve embedded the video below. At last count it was up over 100,000 views on Facebook.
I had the pleasure of MC’ing the official launch and had Grant and his son Jett, himself a talented lifesaver, on stage together for a Q and A session.
It was a great stroll down memory lane, just a short walk along the esplanade from the Alexandra Headland club he helped make famous.
40 years on, the legend only continues to grow.