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Hello from your new Sprint High Performance Manager


Hello Everybody


My name is Michele Eray and I am USACK’s new Sprint High Performance Manager.

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I am really excited to be here in Oklahoma City, and pretty thrilled to be involved with such a great organization! I arrived just in time to witness the Sprint Nationals, and it was great to meet some of you, and I will hopefully meet the rest in the near future.

As I am pretty new, I will be spending some time familiarizing myself with the goings on here at HQ, as well as with all the athletes, coaches and other people involved. Please feel free to contact me to introduce yourself, my contact email is

Here is a brief background: I am from South Africa, and have an education in Biokinetics, which is final-phase rehabilitation (at home we work with physiotherapists getting injured people (from normal people to elite-level athletes) back on the winning path). I have also been involved in coaching across many of the paddling disciplines.

I am the 2013 Ocean Racing (SurfSki) Word Champion, and am an Olympic Finalist (Beijing 2008-WK4) as well as being a Marathon World Medalist.

I will be putting up regular posts with paddling related information, so please check the site, or if you would like to get the posts emailed to you, go here and fill in your details:

I will also have a regular Q&A, so if you have any questions, please ask, and I will post them on the website for all to learn from.

To our National Sprint Team jetting off to Europe to attend their final preparation camps & then compete at the World Canoe Sprint Championships in Duisburg, travel safe, stay healthy and race strong!

OK, that’s it for today.

Train hard, be positive and most importantly, have fun!