Mick on Wheels tells his Story
Mick Sattin has been a professional singer since 1996 and recently appeared on the X Factor wowing the judges and audience with his strong soul voice.
"Sport and music helped me come out of my shell and got me integrated into the world. It’s great to support Sailors with disAbilities and the faceboat project. SWD does fantastic work by giving new opportunities to people which in turn encourages optimism and changes lives."
Mick Sattin has been a professional singer since 1996 and recently appeared on the X Factor wowing the judges and audience with his strong soul voice. But life hasn’t always been easy and he hasn’t always been brimming with confidence.
Mick contracted meningitis when he was 2 days old. He nearly died. The disease left him permanently paralysed from the knees down.
School in a wheelchair in the 80’s was a nightmare. Mick felt different - and he was - he was the only kid with a disability. He couldn’t play soccer and footie with the other kids and became a ‘bit of an angry bully’ as his frustration built. By the time Mick was a young teenager he had very few friends and was being teased and bullied himself. He ‘didn’t see the purpose in school’ since all he ever wanted to do was be a singer.
Mick’s parents showed him the way out of his depression and anger by encouraging him to take part in sport and music. They took Mick to singing lessons and sports classes. He was in the Australian team for swimming and rep teams for basketball. He also had great success with weight-lifting. Eventually the sport gave way to the music and the rest is history.
In Mick’s words
"Sport and music helped me come out of my shell and got me integrated into the world. My parents are inspirational. They were the ones who backed and encouraged me. They also treated me like a normal kid - so instead of helping me to do everything they let me struggle a bit with things and learn for myself - I’ll always be grateful for that - I grew up fast and strong."
It’s great to support Sailors with disAbilities and the faceboat project. SWD does fantastic work by giving new opportunities to people which in turn encourages optimism and changes lives.
I firmly believe that everyone has the potential to have a successful life. And by success I don’t mean money or gold medals. To me success means doing something you love and being happy. I believe you are given situations to deal with in your life and it's how you deal with those situations that determines your outcome.
So for me I don't walk and I don’t want to. I’m very comfortable in my skin and very comfortable in my chair. I love having a disability because it’s made me who I am today.
The last 15 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for me because I’ve met the love of my life and we’ve formed a family with her two beautiful children. My partner is hugely inspirational to me - she’s incredibly supportive of everything I do and she was the one who encouraged me to go on the X Factor.
X Factor was a great experience and very positive for me in terms of exposure - I’m no longer just the guy who sings in the pub and I have to thank X Factor for that.
You can read more about Mick on his website Mick on Wheels