The sound of triumph

“My team had just finished training. Mum tells me I was going for a break, to have a bit of water,” says Connor. “And she noticed I was walking a little bit funny. Then, all of a sudden, I collapsed.”

Connor was found to have an electrical problem with his heart - one that can cause periods of abnormally fast heart rhythm. It meant he had to stop playing rugby, and will likely never play again.

But the 19-year-old found solace in the saxophone.

In fact, he recently played on the ABC’s The Recording Studio, and it’s this special performance, dedicated to the coach who saved his life, that we invite you to watch now.

Connor plays with passion. And although his music sounds effortless and calm, he has the same fears as anyone who has experienced a heart attack. Some days, he feels anxious about having another one, and what the future may bring.

Write a message of support to Connor. It could mention his music, his story or even your own experiences. You’d be surprised how comforting a few kind words can be.

Write to Connor here, and we'll be sure to pass it on. 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.