(2016 ☆ ARCHIVED) Michele Eray - South Africa

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MICHELE ERAY (South Africa) - 2016 Nominee for the 'Foundation' award.

Born: 1979, Sport(s): ocean ski, canoe sprint, canoe marathon, Represents (as athlete): South Africa 

Michele Eray lives and breathes paddlesports. Having started paddling through Surf Life Saving, she has since become one of the most versatile female paddlers in the world having won World Championship medals in 5 paddling disciplines, and representing South Africa at the Olympic Games for Canoe Sprint where she placed 7th. Nowadays, she has turned her focus to coaching where she gives out coaching advice through her business Multicoach. For several years Michele worked as the USA Canoe Kayak High Performance Director and she was the USA Olympic Coach for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Whilst she is still in the early days of her coaching career, she has already been very successful, having coached many paddlers to high levels of achievement, culminating in one of her paddlers, Maggie Hogan, qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Michele’s passion for the sport is certainly the driving force behind her success as an athlete and now as a coach. The way she inspires her paddlers and everyone around her through this love for paddlesports is unique, but her willingness to share her thoughts and insights to people from all walks of life is what sets her apart from her counterparts. 

When at a competition Michele can typically be found on the waters edge helping anyone and everyone, giving out advice or acting as a sounding board for those who need it. Whilst she has only been coaching for a short time, many athletes look forward to talking to her as she is very approachable and helpful no matter who you are. Her background in sports therapy (BSc (Hons) Biokinetics) and coaching (ICF Level 3) backs up her personal achievements in paddlesports.

Michele’s memorable achievements on and off the water:

  • 2013 Surfski World champion
  • 2008 Olympian – 7th K4 500
  • 2007 Canoe Marathon Bronze medalist in K2
  • Founder and coach at Multicoach

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