On December 31st 2008 Mitch was involved in a motorbike accident. As a result his left leg was amputated above the knee; he suffered a brachial plexus injury, which resulted in a loss of function to his left arm, and several other injuries to his right leg. Mitch was a patient at Royal North Shore for 4 months following the accident and underwent over 13 operations in the course of 18 months. Mitch was only 21 years of age.
Prior to the accident taking place Mitch was nothing short of your average, everyday 21 year old guy. However it was clear after such a devastating accident that his life had instantly changed forever. Since his accident he has regained an active lifestyle and successfully started his own business, a 24 hour gym, Good Vibes Fitness. Mitch endeavours to live each day to the fullest and approaches life’s many challenges with a positive attitude and a willingness to push beyond his comfort zone. Mitch is described as an inspiration by his friends, family and peers with a passion and enthusiasm for life that is second to none.
Around 6 years ago I was nothing short of your average, everyday 21 year old guy. I enjoyed leading a fit and healthy lifestyle along with spending quality time with family and friends. I completed a Diploma in Business and Event Management and a Certificate 3 and 4 in Personal Training. However, I pursued a career as a carpenter and found the combination of manual labour and being outdoors the perfect fit. I had a genuine zest for life and felt unstoppable.
In 2008 I was involved in a motorbike accident, which resulted in my left leg being amputated above the knee. I suffered a brachial plexus injury, which resulted in a loss of function to my left arm, and several other injuries to my right leg. I was 21 years of age. It was pretty clear from this moment forward that my life had changed forever.
After the initial 18 months of back to back operations, I was now focused on my recovery. As soon as I was able to, I jumped back into the pool and started swimming again. My goal at this point was to slowly increase my strength and stamina and find a way to get myself back to the gym where I could start to train again.
I believe that a life half lived is a life wasted and despite the many setbacks that I have faced since my accident it has been the journey combined with my passion, persistence and self-belief that has kept me going and got me where I am today.
Since my accident I have regained an active lifestyle and successfully started my own business, a 24 hour gym, Good Vibes Fitness. I still endeavour to live each day to the fullest and approach life’s many challenges with a positive attitude and a willingness to push myself beyond my comfort zone. I believe life happens now and that’s all you’re guaranteed.
Along with owning my own gym, I enjoy sharing my journey of ups and downs with as many people as possible. I provide a rare insight into the life lessons learned from the many challenges I have faced along my road to recovery. I have presented as a motivational speaker in many corporate settings as well as to amputees and surgeons all around the world. My most recent work has included presenting to the Australian Defence Force, The King’s School (Paramatta), as part of their Boys to Men Leadership Program as well as being a keynote speaker at the Amputee Coalition National Conference (Orlando) and the Arab Health Congress (Dubai) where I was invited to have lunch with the Sheikh.