Mark Mickan was an Australian Rules footballer and his sister Pat Mickan a netballer at the time of the interview.
Ruckman. Mark Mickan joined West Adelaide from Renmark and made his SANFL debut in 1981. He was a powerful, authoritative figure who won Bloods best and fairest awards in 1983, 1985 and 1986. In 1983 he suffered a major disappointment when a torn ligament in his right knee forced him to miss a finals series that culminated in West's first premiership in twenty-two years. Mickan was appointed West Adelaide skipper in 1986, but after only a year in the role he transferred to fledgling VFL club Brisbane, which ended up selecting him as its inaugural captain. He captained the Bears for three seasons, and ended up playing a total of 48 games for the club between 1987 and 1990. In 1991 he joined Adelaide, which was making its competition debut, but after a fine start his form fell away, and he spent most of the 1993 season, his last as a contracted Crows player, back in the SANFL with West Adelaide, where he won a fourth club best and fairest award. Mickan played a total of 37 AFL games for Adelaide, and 187 for Westies, where he continued playing until 1994. He was a regular South Australian state of origin representative who achieved All Australian selection in 1988. In 1998, four seasons after his retirement as a player, Mark Mickan was appointed non-playing coach of Woodville-West Torrens. He spent two years in the post, steering the side to 6th and 3rd place finishes. In October 2005 Mark Mickan was appointed senior coach of Glenelg on a three year contract.
Pat Mickan's professional and sporting career has covered several decades of excellence. Pat's talented sporting accomplishments includes 150 international basketball games for Australia; three world championships, the Olympic games 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul. She was the first female specialist skills coach in the AFL with Adelaide Crows Football Club and has been the Assistant Coach for the Norwood Football Club. Her skills in netball have seen Pat as a state senior player and state senior coach. She coached Garville Netball Club to two State League titles and was head netball coach of Adelaide Ravens. Pat's professional career as a sports journalist includes The Advertiser, Channel Seven, ABC Radio, a sports presenter with the ABC TV News and sports commentator for the ABC Radio coverage of the National Basketball League. Pat is also a freelance writer and public speaker.
Broadcast 28 February 1993.
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