Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop talks about his life of overcoming adversity and achieving the heights in sport.

As a young boy Mike Bishop wanting to be a professional sportsman. Just one minor obstacle.  Through an accident at birth, Mike had Cerebral Palsy which affected the left side of his body from hearing and eyesight to the use of his left hand and leg.

He was unable to walk properly without callipers on his left leg and a walking stick until undergoing his first major surgery at the age of five.  Over the intervening years, he underwent several major surgeries on his left leg to enable him to walk unaided.

But Mike never let the CP stop him from his love of sport. Quite the opposite - his CP taught him to give life, and sport, a go!

He played rugby for 15 years including Senior Rugby for 4 years, Senior and Representative Cricket for 24 years and played cricket in the professional leagues in the UK for four years.

He also completed a half marathon at the age of 44, is an enthusiastic and competent golfer and tennis player and a former representative table tennis player.  Mike has taken his experiences as a player and a leader and continued as both a sports coach and administrator.

Mike Bishop talks about his life and how he turned adversity into strength. What he has learned about personal performance, overcoming adversity, being part of a team and handling rejection. As a sports administrator, he can also talk about what it takes to build a winning team and his observations of champions and champion teams. He has played sport at the elite level and administered sport at the same level. His humour comes to the fore and his sporting anecdotes makes his presentation both informative and entertaining.

Mike has worked professionally in the Sports Administration industry in New Zealand for 25 years and specifically in the Rugby industry for 20 years.  He was the first person in New Zealand to work in professional sports administration at an elite, professional level in both Cricket and Rugby where he was a highly successful CEO of two Provincial Rugby Unions over 18 years.  

He is a former Chair of the Provincial Rugby Union CEOs group for seven years during which time he led significant changes in the game.  Mike also worked in the banking and communications industries in London for four years.

As a sporting administrator, Mike has had 25 years of experience in negotiating commercial partnerships, sponsorship partnerships and player contracting at an elite level and he led and drove all aspects of the successful bid to host an All Blacks Test match in Napier in 2014. He also led the hosting of Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby and NZ Maori rugby fixtures and event managed and arranged all Cricket Tests and One Day Internationals at the Basin Reserve for five years during which the West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, England, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, India, Bangladesh were hosted.

Mike is highly experienced in successful leadership roles in a range of organisations from small, non-profit project teams to major corporate and has had leadership roles with Boards and Executive groups in various organisations for 28 years.  He was appointed to the NZRU bargaining team during the 2009 / 10 negotiations with the NZRPA.

He completed a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Massey University and is an Associate of the Bankers Institute of New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors.  He is also a two-time winner of the Hawke’s Bay Sports Administrator of the Year award.

He has an engaging, informative and humorous speaking style and is adept at tailoring his style, content and delivery to suit the audience and or conference he is addressing.

Mike's keynotes are compelling, both business and inspirational talks have received rave reviews and his after-dinner talks are the highlight of a successful conference. 

He is also an outstanding and very versatile Master of Ceremonies.

Mike is currently CEO of North Harbour Sport in Auckland and is highly sought after as a motivational speaker, after dinner speaker and speaker on teambuilding and winning culture.

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