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.