Michael Lapage is an inspirational Olympian having competed in the 1948 Olympic Games which was the first Games after World War II, with very little support or resource to do so. Michael was born at Shaftesbury, Dorset and after the war Michael was at Cambridge University and was a member of the winning Cambridge boat in the 1948 Boat Race. In 1948, he was a crew member of the British boat which won the silver medal rowing at the 1948 Summer Olympics in the men's eights. At the 1950 British Empire Games he won the bronze medal as part of the English boat in the eights competition. Michael became a Christian missionary and was ordained in Kenya in 1961.