Michelle Wilson - Karate

Michelle started karate at age 8 with her younger sister for self-defence and no real understanding it was or could be a sport! Michelle loved sport during her schooling whether it was athletics, netball, basketball or touch footy filling her time alongside karate. At age 12, she was selected for her first state team and in 1995, she was first selected for the Australian team which started a long career representing Australia at Oceania, Junior and Senior World Championships and numerous international events winning several medals along the way. She is currently ranked 25 in the world and is the current Oceania Champion.

With karate being a low profile sport, Michelle works her training and competition around her full time work at Adelaide University Sport. Family has played an important part in Michelle’s success over the years including most recently from her number one cheerleaders, her 6 year old twin daughters.

Michelle has always played sport and worked in the area of physical activity and sport. She believes that leading a healthy and active lifestyle doesn’t always have to mean joining a team or playing a structured sport but could simply be riding your bike or scooter, skating or playing outdoors more and of course it is more fun when you are being active with a friend of family member.

 The best thing about being a SASI Athlete 

The opportunity to be around like minded athletes to provide motivation and support on the days you need a little extra. This is especially important as an individual athlete.

My favourite food to fuel me as an Athlete 

A bit boring but rice and veggies… oh and banana bread!

My favourite movie

The Blind Side but my girls love Madagascar which has become a family favourite.

My favourite colours 


My sporting hero and why

Cathy Freeman. An athlete that obviously achieved so much but endured and overcame so much adversity throughout her career.

My Favourite possession 

My very first Australian badge

The sporting activity I most like performing   

In a karate sense, there is nothing better than a perfectly timed technique

If I wasn’t doing my current sport I would like to be

A travel writer / blogger        

The most important things in life

Health and family

My Ambassador Activity tip

Being active is often more fun with a friend. Get together a friend or group of friends and try sports of activities you enjoy. Try not to take it too seriously!

My favourite way to keep active 

If not training for an event, I enjoy bike riding and skipping.

The sport I like watching the most 

AFL and basketball but I do love watching almost every sport.

What sporting success looks like 

To me, it isn’t about winning medals or where you finish but rather ensuring you always give 100% and become the best version of yourself you can be.

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