Kaylee Mckeown is the daughter of Sholto McKeown and Sharon McKeown. She is a native of Redcliffe, Queensland.
Her father died in August 2020 following a long battle with brain cancer. Despite the tragedy, she and her sister continue to impart lessons from their late father.
The swimmer has a tiny tattoo on her foot that says, “I’ll always be with you” in cursive as a homage to her late father.
Women’s 100m backstroke gold medal winner McKeown has said, ‘He stayed with me the entire race. It’s kind of like a personal superpower I have.’
McKeown competed in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2017 World Championships when she was 15, narrowly missing a podium finish.
She won silver in the 200 metres in the thrilling world championship competition in South Korea in 2019 after winning gold at the Youth Olympics in 2018. This swim made it clear that she had made it on the international stage.