Former Old Northamptonians rugby player, Kieran O’Connor, hit the headlines when he suffered an horrific injury from a freak accident on the rugby pitch.
Kieran suffering a shattered kidney after being tackled. It has brought his rugby career to a premature end but he is now completely recovered and looking forward to the challenge of taking part in Strictly Northampton.
“It’s been a good recovery but the support I have had from people I have played with or against has been great. Old Northamptonions have been brilliant with me. The amount of support I have had has been overwhelming.”
Kieran was asked to take part in the show about eight weeks into his recovery from the accident.
“It sounded like a laugh and it’s for a good cause. It is worth doing it. I’m not in it to win it. It’s just for charity,” he said. “My friend’s dad lost his battle to cancer last year and a group of 10 of us did the Cycle for Cynthia bike ride at Althorp in his memor. I am glad to be supporting the hospice again.”
Kieran is well aware of the challenge that lays ahead and he knows he is going to have to work hard to improve his dancing skills.
“There’s not much rhythmn involved in rugby. I did one module of dance at university but that was urban dancing. I am not a natural dancer. I wouldn’t say it was anything to be proud of,” he added.
All the profits from Strictly Northampton will be going towards Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Fong Spa, is produced in association with the University of Northampton, Step By Step Dance School, the Chronicle & Echo, BBC Radio Northampton and Image Magazine.
The show is at Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Saturday November 23. Tickets are available via the Royal & Derngate box office on 01604 624811 or Royal & Derngate website.