Coming from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Michelle grew to love the outdoors and spent most of her days running around and swimming at the beach. Being an outdoors kid, sports were always on the agenda, but never to a competitive level. She was involved in cross country running during high school, and when she went onto university to study Physiotherapy, she continued running to keep fit. In 2007 a friend inspired her to enter a local half ironman race, of which she did off the back of minimal training, but loved the experience. After taking the rest of the year to "recover" from her half ironman effort, she took a trip to Kona to watch a friend race the Ironman World Champs. Aside from the single half ironman experience she knew little about triathlon/ironman racing, and was blown away by the sport of ironman. This empowered the next move to start training under the eye of coach Josh White and two months later won her age group at the New Zealand long course champs in 2008.
In 2009 Michelle again won her age group at the national long course champs and went on to race at the world long distance champs, placing 2nd in her age group. Juggling the sport of triathlon racing and training whilst working full time as a sports physiotherapist was a busy lifestyle, and in 2010 Michelle took a month off work to travel to the States to compete in 2x 70.3 races. The experience of racing overseas gave her the desire to one day compete professionally. In August 2011 Michelle made the move to leave her job and start training full time, and entered her first full Ironman race- Western Australia of which she won in a time of 9:25.
2012 will be Michelles first full season training/competing professionally, and she is headed to the States to base herself in Santa Monica with Team Sirius to focus on 70.3 racing and the Rev3 triathlon series.