(aka Norman, Stormin’ Normin’, Norminator)

Pre-race instructions I’ll never forget. “Go HARD, Paddle as HARD as you can, but don’t forget to RELAX!”


Current Occupation:
Mechanical Draughtsman (Power Generation Industry)..excuse the pun.
Dream Job: Mechanical timepiece designer
Passions: Flying thru waves on anything where I can feel the sea spray in my face. Used to be windsurfing… didn’t like the thought of falling into jellyfish in Sydney.. more fun to throw them at other paddlers.
Ambitions: Do proud with AUS Squad at Prague 2009 and PD’s at Macau 2010 CCWC, Do Molokai/Tahiti/Hamo/Hawkesbury. To build the ultimate flying machine from clingwrap and chop sticks!
Claim to Fame/Infamy:
Birdman 1990 (Auckland Harbour/Dragonboat Festival)

Favourite Stuff  
Food: Cookies ice cream, Wasabi/soy with sushi that kicks between the eyes and make the eyes water!
Drinks: Maccullum single malt, Malted caramel thick shake from any NZ dairy (corner store).
Movies/Books/Music: Movies: Heat, Highlander, The Beach Books: Rich Dad/Poor Dad, Catcher in the Rye Music: Diana Krall
Super Hero or Villian: Scubby Doo / Rotten Ronny McD

PDs Stuff
PD Member Since: Oct 08
How I Got Into Paddling: Oct 07 – Chatting to a girl on the train on the way to work… She was an ex dragonboater from Naga Spirit.. I joined them for a season, which didn’t include attending state or national events, so in 08/09 was recommended to join PD’s by friends in Naga.
Favourite PD Moment: ’09 AUS National 200m Premier Opens Final…100m to the finish line ..Hearing ‘D’ calmly say for the first time that day, ‘ You gotta work it boys if you want this one’ , knowing the full weight of his meaning… feeling the boat respond, crossing the line not knowing the winner, the longest wait to know the result………….a..n..d..confirmed… 9th Gold for 9 AUS Prem events for PDs. Proud to be part of the cleansweep with PD’s… oh yeah!!!
Three words to describe PDs: Fun, Determination, Synergy
How Other PDs Describe Norm: Full of enthusiasm! Likes to get his shirt off (even in winter), Animal, What The . Can’t get enough; Bring it on; Crazy about paddling, soaking up knowledge and feedback like a sponge; Inspiration for his power, commitment and tenacity, topless, hard worker, strong paddler, Stormin’ Norman! A role model to aspire to….Sign me up, Super nice, I’ll give it a go. Animal (on the water and the dance floor), full of energy, funny. Strong, fast, totally genuine, hard working guy, but on the dance floor… there is only one word needed – MACHINE. Two Forks
Favourite PD Photo Gallery Pic:

Other Stuff
Role Models, Heroes & Heroines: Eddie the “Eagle” (Ski jumper at ’88 Winter Olympics) think “the little engine that could” then add a 90m ski jump.
When not paddling most likely to be found: With two forks in hand, face buried in a big bowl of Chilli Tuna/salad/pasta with stuffed olives and cracker barrel cheese.. but not for long..
Three people you’d like to invite to dinner:
Richard Branson, Clive Owen, Ed Hillary
Superstitions (Paddling or Otherwise): PDs DB/OC Paddling….whisper ” it’s a kind of magic” (quote from the Highlander movie)
Additional Note: Any photos appearing to be of Norm Joe on PD’s website can not be confirmed or denied to be Norm Joe and such images are, at best, a representation of a fictional character with similar physical traits, ESPECIALLY photos taken during after-race parties.