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Nancy was introduced to traditional kayaking through local paddling friends. She has supported Michigan Training Camp since its inception in 2002 as part of the kitchen staff. (Her Euro blade was decidedly out of place!) Nancy admits her early exposure to the traditional scene left her believing it was somewhat of a "cult" that reveled in performing ‘tricks ' in their boats. But as she became lured into their ways, she came to view the traditional scene differently. Their ‘tricks' were, indeed, skills -- and the process of developing those skills created a more intimate connection between the body, boat and water.
Through her involvement at Michigan TC she came to appreciate the passion of those engaged in the study of all things traditional. In 2004 they let her out of the kitchen to spend time with visiting staff from Walden Qajaq Society. The experience transformed her views as an instructor. She readily states her preference for the mentoring approach they use, which is prevalent at current traditional events, suggesting it is more inclusive, personal and, ultimately, more productive. Now, having fully crossed over to the "dark side", Nancy arrives at the Training Camp in tuilik and SOF and can't remember the last time she used that awkward Euro blade.
Outside of her paddling endeavors Nancy has 25 years experience in business development and marketing. She is a self-professed ‘manic volunteer' who supports several non-profits. Among the organizations she's involved in is the Maritime Heritage Alliance, an organization engaged in the restoration and sailing of Great Lakes wooden sailboats, and public education of regional maritime tradition.
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