Full Name: Michele Janine Eray
Nick Name: Mish-Mash, Michi, Dish
Home town: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Currently living: Costa Mesa, USA
DOB: 5th May 1979
Strengths: Vasbyt, Having Perspective
Weaknesses: Not being able to say no! Slight chocolate addiction…and coffee of course!
A little bit of history: I Started paddling through the Life Saving movement as a natural progression from Nippers. With help from Daniel Conradie and my brother Laurent, I started paddling a life-saving spec ski. This led to a canoe as part of Oakhill School’s program run by Chris Storey.
I enjoyed 2 Junior Canoe World Sprint Championships, and then headed off to Stellenbosch University, followed by Natal to study Biokinetics. After a quick stint in London (the weather is not for me!) I opened a Private Practice in Plett.
The chance at achieving a life long dream of mine, the Olympic Games, presented itself, so I moved to CT to train with a crazy (7 times World Champion) Hungarian called Robbie Hegedus. Now, the Olympics have come and gone. Our goals of a Top 6 in the Final was achieved (well we finished a tight 7th, 1.5 secs off a medal!) Now I am taking on the world of Surf Ski.
The Hardest Thing I Have Ever Done: The qualifying trace for the Challenge in 2002-serious head wind for 3 hours, after a 2 hour warm up….
The Best Thing I have Ever Done: Every day is the Best Thing
Personal Mantra: You regret more in life the things that you didn’t do, than the things you did.
You can have anything, just not everything!