A family friend, Ron Oakley, suggested that Michael might do well to join Collingwood Harriers, which he did in 1967.
Michael was predominantly a sprinter, but soon showed an aptitude for the hurdles. Competing for the Club through to 1980, Michael spent most of the last seven years in A Grade doing both the 110metres and 400metres hurdles. He of course did the odd flat race and was a regular participant in the relay teams. Michael also ran some quality 800 metre events as well getting down into the low 1:50s.
In 1974 Michael was selected in the Victorian under 18 team and finished 5th in the 400 metres hurdles at the National Championships. He carried the flag at the opening ceremony.
This was the same year as he won the Club 100 yards Championship, which of course saw his name added to the Honour Board in the clubrooms.
Michael also served on the committee for some time and was a keen participant in many of the social functions of the era. In fact Michael, along with a number of his cohorts such as John Matthews, Les Sims and Barry Wilson were quite often the organisers of some of these activities.
A few seasons ago Michael made contact with the Club again after a number of years away from the scene and we were very pleased to receive a very generous donation in recognition of the many happy times spent at Collingwood Harriers.