Michael McKay is considered one of Australia’s most successful oarsmen over the long history of the sport, as can be demonstrated by his results. He competed in five successive Olympics from 1988 to 2004, was a finalist in all and won medals at four of them. He won gold with the ‘Awesome Foursome’ at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, silver with the eight in Sydney and bronze with the eight in Athens. He was also a finalist, finishing fifth, with the eight in Seoul.
Mike won World Championship gold with the Australian eight in 1986, with the four in 1990, 1991 and 1998, and won silver in the pairs in 1998. He rowed 16 times for Victoria in the Kings Cuip for 13 wins and two seconds.
Mike was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000, and was recognized as the Australian Rower of the Year in 1999. Mike was appointed official flag bearer for the Australian team at the Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics and was awarded an OAM for service to sport in 1987. He served as a Board Member of the Australian Olympic Committee from 1997-2000.
In July 2007, Mike was awarded the prestigious Thomas Keller medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rowing as a competitor and sports personality, and to this day he is esteemed as a sportsman of great note to our aspiring champions.