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Date of Birth
The Gap, Queensland
First Competed for Australia
Playing in front of home crowd at the Oceania/Africa Regional Tournament
John Aloisi kicking Australia’s World Cup qualifying goal in 2005
Michael Sheppard describes himself as an emotional, humorous and hyperactive individual with a passion for playing the piano, singing and spending time with good friends. Michael does not pinpoint anyone in particular as having influenced him but prefers to believe that his friends and family have all contributed to shaping the person he is today.
Michael was introduced to goalball in 1993 after his parents heard about the sport and thought he would enjoy something physical. They were right and ever since, Michael has gone from strength to strength.
He earned his first call up to the national team in 2006, has represented Australia at two World Championships, the IBSA World Games in Brazil and was instrumental in winning two Trans Tasman series against New Zealand. On the domestic front, Michael is a member of the Queensland team that has won the 2007-2011 National Championships.
Born blind, Michael uses a guide dog in his everyday life, although admits sometimes his dog can lead him to some interesting places, including the lap of a man who was eating his lunch in the street.
Michael is married to Australian women’s goalball representative Nicole Esdaile and would like to spend the next few years focusing on goalball and travelling the world.
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