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Paddler Profile: Jeff H.

jeffRacing Class: Premier

Why do you dragon boat?
I love being on the water, and I’m a competitive person. Combining the 2 just makes sense. Dragon boating is a great challenge – physically and mentally. You have to trust your teammates and work together in unison to really excel. I love my team – we’re a diverse group of people that just works really well together. We’re an eclectic mix of young and old, male and female, experienced and inexperienced, but it just works. I love this team and wouldn’t trade it for anything. One of my favorite sounds is the sound of 20 paddles slicing in to the water in unison on a calm day, and feeling the boat shoot forward with every stroke.

What motivates you?
I want to win, and I want to feel the love from my teammates. Knowing that any of them would help in pinch is a great feeling, and I would do the same for them.

How did you get into the sport?
A friend and co-worker was talking about the sport to a few of us at work a few years ago. I remember seeing the boats on Lake Champlain, and thought “that would be fun – how can I join?” I ended up going to an early season BBQ – it poured so we couldn’t get on the water, but everyone was very welcoming. Once I got in the boat, I was hooked. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it was so much fun.

What would you say to others considering trying or joining Malia?
See above – we are an incredible mixture of motivated, fun loving people. Everyone is welcoming, and willing to help out. We also have a great end of season party each year.

Who are you?
I’m married, and have been in Burlington since 1999. We live in Colchester, and I’m a Business Analyst for a rather large IT company in downtown Burlington – you can’t miss the large, painted silos on Pine Street. I snow board in the winter (when there’s snow) and paddle in the summer. My wife and I also chase our rambunctious two year old around all the time – she’s the team mascot, and maybe a future paddler. When we’re at home, I love to fire up my smoker (year round), and relax with my family.

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
~ General George Patton

Paddler Profile: Denise G.

deniseRacing Class: Premier/Senior A

Why do you dragon boat?
It’s fun…in a twisted kick your ass way with the best teammates and coaches! It’s TEAM oriented. I do it for the challenge of a new sport, staying healthy & athletic. But mostly…  for the camaraderie of a team and coaches… who wouldn’t want to be a part of it?

What motivates you?
The challenge of learning something new and getting better at it.

How did you get into the sport?
By accident. I was on a community team for a fundraising event and got hooked.

What would you say to others considering trying or joining Malia?
If you like the water, want to remain active, enjoy a challenge, want to learn from the top coaches in the sport and want to develop killer arms…you should give it a try!

Who are you?
Me? A 40-something athlete defeating the lure of the couch;  a Forensic Chemist (seriously, it’s nothing like CSI!) and; … I am … the “photo sniper!”

Paddler Profile: KToy


ktoyRacing Class:
Premier/Senior A

Why do you dragon boat?
I love dragon boating.  It is the epitome of a team sport as much as it is an individual sport.  My performance is the result of my team.  It is intense and incredibly exciting.

What motivates you?
Not at all brown-nosing… :)  In all seriousness, my coaches motivate and inspire me.  They are incredibly accomplished in this sport and work out along with us.  They wouldn’t ask us to do anything they wouldn’t or haven’t done.  Really?  Does it get any better than that?

Got a favorite quote?
KTOY!!  NO WIMPY PUSH-UPS!!  I WANT YOUR BOOBS ON THE GROUND!!!”  (Gisela).  Also, Herb Brooks: “When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates. And the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back!  Get that through your head!”

How did you get into the sport?
My start was with the local event on community teams.  One practice and two races wasn’t enough for me.  One of my very best friends who lives in MN, essentially TOLD me to join Malia as she has known Liisa and Gisela for a very long time.  One of the best decisions ever made.

What would you say to others considering trying or joining Malia?
My Malia is not only my team, but my family.  The bond we have in the boat in support of each other, also exists on dry land.  I love these people as if I’ve known them my entire life.  My children love my Malia too… does it get any better than that?!

Who are you?
I prefer seat 2.  I paddle on the left even though I’m right handed.  I am a bit of a clown and flash my skort at all opportunities.  Out of the boat, I’m a mom of two wacky awesome little girls who can’t wait to be old enough to get in a dragon boat and have a paddle of their own.  I can’t stand socks, lima beans or caraway seeds.  But I love (LOOOOVE) bacon and really big ships.