His first experience on the water was at the age of four. Spanning a period of 15 years. Michael Jon Neville went on to represent Australia at 8 World Waterski Championships. He captured 23 Open National titles and took 8 podium places in the World Waterski Championships in Tricks, Slalom and Overall. His Overall Silver Medals secured at the World Waterski Championships in Toulouse, France in 1985, ad London, England, in 1987, were two of the closest ever contest when he was beaten by Sammy Duvall USA by just 11 points and 24 points on those occasions. As a past Moomba Masters Overall Champion and US Masters Overall Champion, he retired in 1993.