David McKay grew up in North Kildonan and was a busy young athlete. Winning the provincial championship in top tier hockey with River East, and the provincial championship in soccer with North Kildonan, McKay also won Canadian titles in the sport of judo. When he turned 17, David McKay started specializing in wrestling.
After winning all the local and provincial tournaments in 1977, McKay entered his first national event. At the Canadian Junior Open Championships, he won the gold medal in Greco Roman Wrestling. In 1979 he represented Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in Brandon, MB. He won silver at those games in the Men’s freestyle.
In 1978, McKay grappled his way onto the International scene with great success, winning a bronze medal at the World Elite Junior Championships in the United States. His next stop was a highly successful and quick stint with the University of Manitoba Bisons. In 1979, he won the team trials in both Greco Roman and Freestyle before representing Canada at the Pan American Junior Games in Mexico. Canada finished first overall at those games thanks in part to McKay's silver medal in Greco and a fourth-place finish in Freestyle.
In order to receive top level coaching, McKay accepted a scholarship to Simon Fraser University in 1980. After taking several University, Canadian and International titles, he graduated to the Olympic Level. He was one of eight Manitobans to compete at the L.A. Olympics in 1984.
The final stop on his wrestling tour took McKay to the Seoul Olympics in 1988. The result was a highly respectable fifth place finish. After retirement in 1989, David McKay taught the finer aspects of the sport as the head coach of Canada's National Wrestling Team and as the coach of the Canadian Elite Team.
David McKay is also a member of the Manitoba Highschool Sports Hall of Fame.