Mike served in the military for 19 years as an infantry soldier, Paratrooper, LAV Crew Commander, Section Commander and Instructor at the Third Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment CFB Petawawa and has served in Bosnia and Afghanistan. While on deployment to Afghanistan 2008, MCpl Trauner stepped on a roadside bomb resulting in the loss of both his legs, suffered three fractures to his left arm and twenty-five breaks to his left hand. He also received burns, had his right thumb reattached and also suffered nerve damage throughout his body and even had a small fragment of shrapnel that was imbedded in his left eye. He has had 18 surgeries and 18 blood transfusions and spent 14 months in hospital learning how to regain his independence.
Mike has earned the Military Medal Of Valour for heroism while in Afghanistan, presented to him by the Governor General, the Sacrifice Medal for the loss of limb and life, won the award for Top Canadian 2011 which he received at Parliament Hill, the Angel Pin award for dedicated medical assistance to patients as a patient while at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Center, the Cambrian College Alumni award, he was also nominated for the Ontario Premiers award and CTV’s Most Amazing Person Award 2011-2012. Michael also participated as a race-car co-driver with his teammates at the 2011 Targa Newfoundland Rally Race. They successfully finished the race and were then presented with Targa Medallions. Mike and his team were presented the Spirit Of Targa Award for being the overall best team, voted on by other Targa participants. He and his wife Leah were presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for their charitable work around the community and country.
Most recently, Mike represented Team Canada at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto competing in both indoor Rowing and Cycling, winning Canada double gold. Mike was convinced by his coaches and mentors to continue competing and against all odds won a silver medal at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships against able-bodied athletes. With continued success he applied for the Olympic/Paralympic try-outs and qualified for several sports. He was hand selected to join competitive Canoe/Kayak and recently competed at the Ontario Team Trials hosted in Ottawa. Mike swept his competition and is now progressing to earn a spot for Nationals Team Canada in his progression towards the Paralympics in Tokyo Japan 2020.