At the early age of 15, Ky became one of the youngest contenders in the Uncle Toby’s Super Series, winning 3 annual titles consecutively. He is also the only man to have won 7 Australian Ironman titles and is now regarded as one of the best Ironmen in the history of Surf Lifesaving. He gained the name “Killer” as a reflection of his motivation to achieve. This drive has seen him win 30 Australian Surf titles making him the 2nd highest medal winner in the Surf Lifesaving Australian Championships and now a proud member of the Surf Lifesaving’s Hall of Fame.
Despite Ky’s success on the national Ironman circuit, he still did not feel complete as an athlete and set his sights on competing for Australia at the Olympic Games. He missed competeing at the 2004 Olympic Games by placing 3rd in the 1500m Freestyle – missing the team by 1 spot. After that, in 2005 he gave up his career in the surf to focus solely on swimming as the 10km Open-water swim was announced as an inaugural Olympic event.
Ky raced alongside teammate Grant Hackett at the 2008 FINA World Championships for a berth at the Beijing Olympics, where both swimmers had to qualify top ten. Ky was the only man to make it through for Australia placing 5th, and after a lifetime of hard work and determination his dream had finally come true to compete at both 2008 & 2012 Olympic games.
Ky has now set his sights on a new goal racing with Oracle Team USA for the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, 2017.