Michael, a New Zealander, started athletics as an Under 6 and competed for 20 years. He was a contender to represent New Zealand at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in his favourite event (110 hurdles) but unfortunately became injured during the selection period.
Michael came to Australia, via the UK, where he lived and worked as a Project Manager/Engineer for 12 years. He originally settled in Sydney, where he worked on a number of venues in preparation for and during the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Paralympics, before moving to Melbourne in 2001.
Michael became involved in athletics again when his daughter Hannah joined the Sandringham Little Athletics Centre. Like most parents, Michael became significantly involved as a parent helper. His enthusiasm and skills were soon recognised and he was appointed the Centre President, a position he held for 2 years.
Hannah moved on to senior athletics in 2007 joining the Sandringham Club, and has followed her father’s footsteps in becoming a very good hurdler and athlete. Michael joined the Sandringham Club Committee in 2009 and has been Club Secretary for the past 3 years.
Michael’s involvement as an official in senior athletics begun as a club helper at AV Shield. When AV introduced the Cred-Up and Cash Up officials program, Michael did his Level C exams in Track, Jumps and Throws. He followed this up by completing Level B Jumps in 2013.
For the past 2 seasons Michael has been heavily involved as an official, being appointed as an Event Supervisor in AV Shield in the renamed Blue Zone. He has been the chief in most of the jumping events and has also been the timekeeper at several meets. To gain added experience, Michael has officiated at the AV State Championships and has shown himself to be a very proficient official.
When asked about being an official, Michael indicated that it was an opportunity to meet and work with a band of enthusiastic and respected fellow colleagues and to continue to support the athletes as his way of giving something back to the sport that he loves.