December Member of the Month – Michelle Hone

| December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

NYO is excited to announce that @michellemhone is our December Member of the Month! Michelle served as a Women’s Race Coach this year, helping to lead NYO through an exciting race season, including paddling the #napalichallenge in Kauai, pictured here.

Fellow paddler and #napalichallenge2018 teammate Carolyne K. says, “Always the mother hen of the group, Michelle’s desire to make everyone feel comfortable, safe in the water, and welcomed is infectious. She pushes us to succeed and do our best, and it shows in how well we performed this year. One of the pillars of NYO, Michelle is a paddling role model that I aspire to be as good as one day.”

Name/Nickname: Michelle / Shell
Age: Millennial (just)
Hometown: Sydney, Australia now NYC
Occupation: Business Strategy

How long have you been with NYO? How did you get into paddling? How did you find us?
This was my second season at NYO. I was lucky to meet a former NYO paddler on a camp in Hawaii and I looked up the club as soon as I landed in the city. Thankfully my emails were answered!

NYO roles?
Helped Laura coaching Women’s Race this year

Besides paddling, what else do you do with NYO?
Err… everything. I eat out with NYO, eat in with NYO, go apple picking, run, hike, camp, dance like Michael Jackson, watch parades, celebrate birthdays, holidays and everything in between.

Tell us about any notable races with NYO / Greatest accomplishment in an OC:
Being part of the Na Pali campaign last year was one of the best paddling experiences I’ve had. It brought together a great group of people in the club on a 12 week journey to become better paddlers, and work towards a team goal. We learnt so much on the camp on Kauai, then put it together for a solid race along the spectacular Na Pali coast. The support and contribution from everyone both on the trip, back in NY, and watching on our live Instagram feed really made it for me.

If you could say one thing to newcomers interested in paddling or joining NYO, what would it be?
Do it! Commit to a season, throw yourself into all the activities on and off the water and be part of all that this paddling community can offer. Oh, and on the water, it never gets easier, you just get stronger.

When you’re not out on the water paddling, where are we most likely to find you?
Trail running in the forest (hopefully), behind my computer in the office (most likely)

Something we don’t know about you:
Every year I watch Love Actually before Christmas. It’s such a cheesy movie, but I love it!

Hidden talent:
Hosting communal meals… but perhaps not so hidden anymore!

Favorite post-paddle meal:
Either scrambled eggs or a chocolate milkshake & a burger (depending on if we finish by breakfast or lunch!)

Most important item you carry with you into the canoe:
My enthusiasm

Favorite show to binge watch:
I’m not a big TV-watcher, although I can spend hours on YouTube watching music videos

Last picture you took on your phone:
I just finished a 3-day hike with Grant and my old housemate between two lighthouses on the South Coast (of New South Wales) to celebrate my birthday. This is a photo of our campsite on the last day looking out over the beach. About 30min later a huge storm rolled over.

Last concert you went to:
The Eagles! (With my parents at Madison Square Garden!)

Last song stuck in your head:
Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars (only because I was watching the music video…it’s set in Newtown,Sydney!)

If you could have one superpower, what would it be:
I’d be a polyglot and speak all the languages in the world so I can speak with everyone I meet

Your go-to karaoke song:
Anyone where I can be part of the “choir” – standing behind the microphone is terrifying, but I don’t mind a group sing-a-long

One thing you can’t live without:

Secret guilty pleasure:
Long, hot showers. Especially after paddling

Favorite restaurant or bar in NYC:
It’s not a restaurant, but I do love sitting in the sun in the window of the bakery, Bien Cuit, on Smith St in Brooklyn, eating a chocolate croissant and watching people cycle to work.

Favorite place in the world:
Paddling from Balmoral Beach in Sydney at sunrise with friends (and a bit of wind & swell)

Best place you’ve traveled to:
Hiking through the Peloponnese of Greece – a stunning and rugged environment, fresh simple food, and welcoming people who took the time to chat with us and wish us well on our journey

A great paddle makes you feel: exhilarated and exhausted at the same time, and happy to my core.

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