• Queensland representative in Rugby Union from 1974-1979 
  • Australian Under 16 Rugby Union Representative in 1977 
  • A-Grade Rugby player Souths Rugby Union, Brisbane in the mid 80s 
  • Cairns Representative – Rugby Union in 1986/87 

Skills-based Activities

  • 1986 – Cairns Touch football representative 
  • A-Grade’ squash player 

Endurance-related Activities


Rockclimbing – Ice Climbing – Mountaineering

  • Avid rock and ice-climber in Canada from 1988-1993. 
  • Rock-climbing instructor from 1990-1994 at he University of Calgary. 

Scuba Diving

1989-2004 – Active NAUI Scuba Instructor (15 years) (sustaining status from 2005 onwards). Certified over 100 divers in Canada and Australia.

Completed Openwater, Advanced, Master, Divemaster, Rescue and Instructor courses as well as specialist courses in night, deep, altitude, ice, salvage, equipment, underwater photography, Certified Ice-diving instructor in Canada.

Completed over 1000 scuba dives since 1978.


Mike has undertaken over 17 online photography courses through in the areas of: Portrait photography, photoshop, travel photography, flash photography and stock photography.

Mike’s virtual photography gallery can be viewed at:

Creative Writing

Massage Therapy 

Undertaking a 16 course Diploma of Remedial Massage with the Australian College of Massage that includes: Swedish, deep, sports and remedial massage. This includes over 200 hours of practical work as well as musculoskeletal anatomy.