Michael first saw wheelchair rugby being played when he was an inpatient at Rookwood Hospital, the spinal injury centre in Cardiff, and was instantly hooked. He began playing for the recently-formed Cardiff Pirates, now the Ospreys, in 1991, was player / coach for a number of years and finally ceased playing rugby in December 2012.
He became part of the GB squad in 1993; and his first international tournament was the World Championship in 1995. He captained the development squad, which won its first gold medal at the World Wheelchair Games in 1996, then captained the elite team at the 1997 European Championships and the 1998 World Championships, and continued competing up to and including the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000. More recently Michael developed and coached the Great Britain Invictus wheelchair rugby team to a gold medal at the 2014 Invictus Games in London. He also co-commentated on the ITV coverage of the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015 tournament.
After spending five years as Treasurer, then Chairman, and Team Manager in the early years of the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association, he was accepted onto the Board for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Limited. He looks forward to continuing to further develop the sport at grass roots, domestic and international levels throughout the UK. Michael additionally holds the role of Board Champion for Safeguarding.
The 2017 New Year’s Honours saw Michael awarded with an MBE for services to education and disability sport.
Prior to his spinal cord injury, Michael worked as a Contracts Manager for a plastering contractor, specialising in conservation and restoration work in the UK and abroad. In 2005 he returned to education and undertook training as a teaching assistant in primary education and currently works part-time in a local primary school. He also had many years’ experience as Vice Chair of the school’s governing body.
In his limited spare time, Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, fly fishing and dancing! He is also husband to Debbie, and a father of three.