Our Team

Michael Hurren


Michael is a veteran who served 10 years in the Army. During his service, he deployed once to the Solomon Islands and twice to Afghanistan.  Michael is an avid fisherman and finds fishing the best therapy for PTSD.  This is how Reeling Veterans was born.

Bruce McKinley

Public Officer

Bruce is a Veteran that served in the Army 2002/2011. Bruce enlisted as a Medic and he deployed to Iraq as part of the Al Muthana Task Group (AMTG 2 – 2005/2006).

Bruce is a born and raised Territorian that upon discharge from the Army, moved back to the Territory. Bruce loves the variety of activities that you can do in the outdoors within the Top End, his favourite activity of all is fishing.

Bruce is passionate about helping Veterans that may be experiencing mental health challenges and believes that fishing can be a great therapy to assist Veterans experiencing those challenges

Christina Hurren


Christina has lived in Darwin for 16 years and was introduced to fishing by her husband, Michael, and hasn’t looked back! Christina brings her experience of 5 years coordinating a women’s fishing tournament to Reeling Veterans and is excited about the future.

Jarrod Date

Vice President
Jarrod has been around the ADF for the last 30 years in green and blue PJs and is currently still serving in the Airforce. He has deployed to the Middle East and as part of Border protection. Jarrod loves his  fishing but still has to break his drought on catching a decent Barra which he is hoping to do while living in Townsville. Jarrod got  involved with Reeling Veterans as he strongly believed in Michael and Christina’s goal to help Veterans through the joys of fishing.

Bradley Todd


John Cross

Committee Member

John  career started as  National serviceman from 1972 – 1974 in artillery . John then joined the Navy from 1975 – 1999, then worked for Defence as a public servant until 2018 at HMAS Albatross. He is  married with a son who is a military policeman in the navy, and have 2 grandsons. John loves fishing and the outdoors lifestyle and the friendly nature of the people up here.

Wayne Ganderton

Committee Member

Wayne Ganderton served 17 years in the Army and was medically discharged in 2017.Wayne was
introduced to Reeling Veterans by Michael King and was fortunate enough to attend the Tiwi Island
trip in 2019. From that point he was even more hooked on fishing (if at all possible). Wayne enjoys a
day on the water and enjoys watching other people catch fish as he is known as a professional fish

Scott Ruehland

Committee Member

Scott Ruehland served 12 years in the Army and was medically discharged in 2018. Scott Ruehland joined RV as he enjoys getting outside with like minded people and helping each other out. Scott has fished most of his life and these days enjoys watching others getting their arms stretched and just being out on the water.

David Mcnevin

Committee Member
David enlisted into the ARA on 17th January 1995 and was allocated to RAINF. After spending 10 years as an infantry soldier and he  successfully Corp transferred to RAE as a carpenter. David was deemed medically unfit for service and was discharged in November 2012.
During his career he was fortunate enough to deploy on many occasions, three trips to East Timor a trip to the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan in 2009.
Throughout my career and to this day he has had a passion to be out on the water chasing many different species of fish that frequent our waterways.
Having so many and varied fishing opportunities in Townsville,  it is hard to pick a favourite, however he has found it  hard to pass up chasing coral trout on the reef and live baiting for barra in the creeks.
A bad day on the water is better than a good day’s work. I find it is the perfect time to reflect or have some meaningful conversations with others on board.
David is  looking  forward to spending more time on the water with the many veterans we have in Townsville.

Mick Davis

Committee Member
Mick  joined as an Army apprentice in 1987 and completed 18 years as a Mechanic and discharged in Darwin.  After a number years working and fishing abroad mick decided to relocate back to the N.T. with his daughter to escape the coldness of the southern states.  Mick is looking forward to any assistance he can provide Reeling Veterans towards improving the mental health of our brothers and sisters who are doing it a bit tough.

Michael King

Committee Member

Michael King (AKA Kingy)

Served for over 10 years as a Grunt (RAINF) and deployed multiple times until being medically Discharged.
Michael enjoys Donating Tackle to the tackle gods, Catching fish species no one wants because even Catfish want to be caught once in a while and feeding Redfish to the Taxman. 
Michael is always up for a fish /Fish feeding session day or night, Because its about more than the Fishing.