Recent Old Collegian Max Kennedy-Till (2012-2016, Peart) upon graduating from King’s has been accepted to study at the University of Alabama on a top swimming scholarship.
Whilst at King’s, Kennedy-Till was a House prefect and Captain of our Swimming team, as well as the Swimming Sports senior champion, breaking a number of long standing Swimming Sports records. King’s took the opportunity to talk with Kennedy-Till about his recent success and studying overseas.
How did your passion for swimming start?
Max Kennedy-Till: I started swimming competitively at the age of six but I didn't realise my passion for the sport until I competed at my first Junior National Competition when I was nine. Being selected for the New Zealand team to compete in Australia last year was an opportunity that helped fuel my passion for the sport. It showed me what it's like to race on the international stage and how competitive swimming can get at an elite level.
Tell us a little bit about being a swimmer at King’s College?
MKT: Competitive swimming is not a sport at King's, so I have always trained and competed under United Swimming Club. Whilst at King’s I had quite a stringent training schedule and so I was very fortunate to have the support from my teachers and particularly my Housemaster, Mr. Craig Macpherson.
Why have you chosen University of Alabama?
MKT: Many universities in the U.S. have talented swimming teams or impressive academic programmes but very few accommodate for the integration of the two. The University of Alabama has both a successful swimming team and a great academic program, enabling students to excel in both fields.
I was really impressed by how effective and widespread their tutoring programme for student-athletes was and by the ability to make the most out of their academic and sporting opportunities. They are also renowned for their long-standing sporting excellence; they are home to the famous Crimson Tide football team and their swim team has been ranked in the top 10 nationally for the last three years.
Where do you hope swimming will take you in the future?
MKT: From a young age I have always aspired to represent New Zealand and go to the Olympics. International competitions such as the World Championship and the Commonwealth Games are my goals for the future. Over the next four years my goal is to contribute to my Crimson Tide swim team and gain experience from racing some of the best swimmers in the country each week.
How did King’s provide you with an all-round education?
MKT: King's College is a great place to be a student and the experience at the College allows you to pursue your goals and seize opportunities. I had amazing teachers, especially in my senior years that were passionate about my development, which meant I was able to learn effectively under their guidance. I enjoyed being part of the House system and Mr. Macpherson made an excellent Housemaster. I made strong friendships during my time at King’s that I know I will carry with me into the future.