In 2012 Michael Letch was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to people with a disability through the Disabled Divers Association, an association which he founded in 2007 and of which he is still President. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to study programs in Europe and the USA that had successfully trained people with disabilities to snorkel and scuba dive.
As well as his work Michael has been active on a range of committees and councils including the Sports Federation Council, the Disability Action Centre; and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexuality and Disability Policy.
He has worked as a Consultant and Case Manager with Acquired Brain and Spinal Injury as Co-ordinator of the Major Accident Division of the TAC, and as Director of Wheelchair Sports Victoria.
Michael has represented Australia in road races and marathons in his custom-made wheelchair in competitions in Europe, USA and Japan. He is a three time winner of the Melbourne Marathon. He is currently a scuba diving instructor and Marine Environmentalist – Australia’s first paraplegic dive professional.