Originally from Australia, where she worked in Corporate Training and Development, Michelle moved to Michigan with her husband and two daughters in 2011. A competitive high school swimmer and university (where she studied Psychology) rower, she moved to Triathlon in 2008. She started her triathlon career with Sprint and Olympic distances where she regularly placed in her age group. The last 10 years has been devoted to longer distances, having competed in many 70.3 and several Ironman distance events.
Being from Australia, where you learn to swim before you can walk, swimming is Michelle’s favourite of the three disciplines. As an athlete, the swim is her strongest leg. As a coach, she has spent the last several years working with adult and youth athletes to help them become more comfortable and successful in the open water. “ I love it when an athlete tells me they had a good swim knowing how much hard work went in to get them to feel that way”
Becoming a coached athlete in 2014 and a member of the Triathlon coaching staff in 2015, Michelle wants to lead others to see what they can achieve. As a certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor as well as having achieved her Level 1 USA certifications in Triathlon, Track and Field and Rowing, Michelle sees her role as a fusion of knowledge, experience and passion.
“The human body is capable of so much more than what we give it credit for and I have enjoyed testing the limits of my body over the years,” says Michelle. “I never believed I could do the things I have done and continue to do. I am excited by what else I can achieve and look forward to showing and guiding new and experienced triathletes to accomplish their own dreams.”