Speakers Profile - Mike Whitney

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Mike Whitney was first known from playing cricket and having a wildman image and a reputation for bowling fast and dangerously. One of Mikes career highlights occurred in 1981 when he was seconded from the Gloucester County Side to join the touring Australian side and played 2 tests in that English Tour.

Mike went on to represent Australia in West Indies, Sri Lanka, England and Zimbabwe.

In 1994 after a 14 year successful career he retired from first class professional cricket. Since then Mike has established himself in the entertainment industry and the hearts of the Australian people with his varied talents including promotions and marketing, print, television, radio and film.

Mike was co-host of 108 episodes of Who Dares Wins, a half-hour real life action program. He also hosted the AXN Who Dares Wins India Special, where there were six 1 hour programmes filmed on location in India and Australia and aired on AXN Cable in Asia and India.

In 2000, Mike was a presenter for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games covering the cycling, rowing, tennis, athletics, and Opening and Closing Ceremonies for The Seven Network. He was also co-host of The Olympic Show, the prime time Sunday afternoon sports programme which interviewed Olympic and Para-Olympic athletes prior to the games.

Mike is a patron for the Sydney Kids Committee (Young Christopher Robin Committee) and a member of the fundraising committee for the Sydney Childrens Hospital, Randwick. He has also organised a fundraising day "Whit Walk -Kilometers for Kids" with field events and family entertainment.

Mike Whitney is the author of two best-selling books; Quick Whit and Whiticisms. He is President of the Randwick Petersham Cricket Club, and Vice-President and a Life Member of Cricket New South Wales