PORTLAND’S Daniel Kinghorn epitomises everything that is great about Australian Rules football.
His is a truly inspirational story that also embodies life itself.
It’s about perseverance, courage, determination and an approach to his sporting life where he takes nothing for granted.
He appreciates the ability to still play the game he loves more than most.
The 32-year-old will reach a special personal milestone in tomorrow’s Western Border Football League contest against Casterton at Hanlon Park.
It will be his 100th senior appearance for the Tigers.
Kinghorn has been at Tigerland since 1996-97 and in his own words has had “a few hurdles along the way”.
“I went out to Tyrendarra for two years in 01-02 and then came back when Brodie Atkinson came to the club,” Kinghorn told the Portland Observer.
“I’ve probably played most of my senior games those three years when he was here.
“After that I had a few health issues.
“I had a pacemaker put in and the year after that I had a kidney removed, so I missed probably two-and-a-half to three years of football.”
The pacemaker fortunately has never hindered his ability to play the game he loves.
“It took probably a couple of years to come back from that,” he said.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.