Michael Clayton is the Manager, Industry and Community Engagement for Victoria University’s College of Sport and Exercise Science. He has 25 years experience in the sport and education industries and is a strong believer in empowering individuals to make change in their lives.
Since studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Information and Promotional Services), public and private sector roles in partnership management, teaching and sports coaching have allowed him to follow this passion for developing an individual’s capacity through increased knowledge and skills and improved health and well-being.
Variety has been the spice in Michael’s sporting experience which has included swimming, lifesaving, equestrian one-day eventing, volleyball, two Ironman triathlons and two marathons. Michael met his wife and fellow Lilyroo Fund committee member, Jess Mathers, through their shared love of sport and active living.
“Pete and Kristie are two of my closest friends and we have shared a lot together. I felt enormously privileged when they asked Jess and I to meet Lily and spend time with them as a family. Having two sisters who are nurses I was always aware of the exceptional service provided in health care facilities but to experience first-hand the physical and emotional care the Royal Women’s Hospital provided not only Lily, Kristie and Pete but their family and friends was a life changing experience. Through the Lilyroo Fund we will be able to directly raise funds for specialist equipment and increase awareness of the challenges facing those needing the support of the NISC Unit, however, the ability to give hope to families in their time of most need will be the greatest benefit of all.”