His challenges escalated during COVID where he and his wife lost their first child and he found a washed up body on a Victorian beach of a man who had taken his life. These two life changing experiences were within two weeks of one another and Michael’s mental state started to quickly deteriorate. All along, he continued to tell himself, “once I make the AFL everything will be better”. But, it only got worse.
Michael’s tale and experiences take you on a journey of his rise from an inspirational Physical Education teacher, local footballer and cricketer to an AFL umpire and the parallel decline in his mental health. It also explores his path to becoming a happier and more fulfilled person whilst withstanding the might of the AFL and Victoria Police’s determination to consign him to Australian sports “Hall of Shame” and the fight to clear his name.
Michael has been a Teacher for 10 years where he originally began as a Physical Education Teacher at Southern Cross Grammar in Caroline Springs located in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Michael prides himself on being an energetic, caring and inspiring teacher. Michael has experienced many challenges in his personal and professional life that left a significant impact on his overall health and wellbeing and his inspirational talks and wellbeing sessions cater for a wide range of people across many aspects of life.
Michael’s strength in his presentations is to be able to relate the challenges he experienced in the classroom, the workforce and on the professional sporting field into real life everyday challenges that he has also experienced first hand.
You will leave his talks wanting to tell your friends about him and with a calm sense that you are not alone in your own battles and stress of everyday life that you face. It will also give you a simple but great skill set to take into your own life, empowering you to own your mental health and be an inspiration for those in your own life too.