Michael MitchellMichael Mitchell attended Salesian College Chadstone from 1977 to 1982. He was the 1982 College Captain, winning the Politics Award that same year. He won a number of football awards during his time at the College, and was a member of the winning senior ACC Cricket team. Michael coached the Salesian Old Collegians FC in the 1990’s, and coached a number of junior teams at East Sandringham Junior Football Club.
In cricket, Michael played at the District Seconds level for Hawthorn East Cricket Club. After a major back operation, he became a coach at Richmond Union Cricket Club, Hampton Cricket Club and finally at the Premier District Cricket Club, Hawthorn Monash University.
Away from sport, Michael studied teaching at Victoria College Burwood before returning to teach at Salesian College Chadstone from 1986 to 1990 as part of the PE staff. Michael then accepted a position at Catholic Regional College North Keilor, where he was Year Level Coordinator. He continued with this position, along with several others, for the next 15 years.
Michael was introduced to bush walking by former AFL Bulldogs footballer, Mick Egan, who was also a teacher at CRC North Keilor. From 1992, Michael undertook many bush walking trips all over Australia, including the Overland tracks and Western Arthurs in Tasmania, the Larapinta Trailer in the Northern Territory, and the Great Ocean Walk and many parts of the high country in Victoria.
In 2000, Michael, Mick Egan and two other friends completed a 34-day trek along the Australian Alps Walking Track, from Walhalla, Victoria, to Canberra. Michael and his team used the walk as a means of raising money for the St Vincent’s Breast Cancer Services, as his sister, Maree, had been battling breast cancer at the time.
After 7 years of planning, Michael embarked on the Great Australian Cancer Bush Walk, over 6,000km’s from the most northern point of the mainland to the most southern. Michael organised a campaign encouraging schools across the country to support the Cancer Council, and was able to raise $20,000 through the walk, as well as much needed awareness.
Hall of Fame Inductee - Fundraising
The Great Cancer Walk
Cancer Council Victoria
Cancer Council supporter walks more than 6,000km to raise funds