Jennifer Steele, 23, has grown up in Johannesburg. She completed her schooling at De La Salle Holy Cross College where she matriculated in 2011 with six distinctions. She then went on to study at the University of the Witswatersrand. Here she Cum Lauded her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Exercise Science. She has recently just completed her Honours degree in Biokinetics, Cum Laude, also at the University of the Witswatersrand. Notably in 2015 when she completed her undergraduate degree she was awarded the Wadee Family award for the top BHSc graduate in her class, she was placed on the Deans Merit list and offered a place in the Golden Key Honours Society.
At a young age Jennifer became involved in Irish Dance. She has been training and competing in this dance form for the past 14 years. In 2012 after matriculating Jennifer took a gap year during which she moved to Ireland to train with the Kiely-Walsh Academy of Irish Dance in Cork. Following this she had the opportunity to represent South Africa at a number of international competitions; the All Irelands in Dublin (2012), the World Irish Dance Championships in Boston (2013), the World Championships in London (2014) and the City of Birmingham Championships in Birmingham (2015). In 2015 she was ranked as the top South African Irish Dancer at the South African National Championships. In April 2017 she will be traveling with 10 other dancers from her studio, Robinson Dance, to Dublin where they will compete in both solo and team competitions at the World Championships. Jennifer has also completed her Irish Dance Diploma through the An Coimusium le Rinci Gaelacha in Ireland.
Exercise and sport have always played an important role in Jennifer’s life. She played netball throughout school career and after school went on to become a netball coach. She also participated in ballet for over 14 years but had to give it up when she left school and went to university due to time constraints. Jennifer was also a keen swimmer at school and swam her first Midmar Mile in Grade 4.
It is through her dance career that Jennifer chose Biokinetics as her field of study as she required rehabilitation for an ankle injury sustained at the 2013 World Championships. Jennifer’s main interests lie in the field of Orthopaedic and sport rehabilitation. However, she hopes to gain experience in all fields of rehabilitation during her internship year to provide her with adequate experience going forward in her career. Jennifer also hopes to further her academic studies following her internship year and plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in 2018.