Michelle “Shelly” Jenneke was born on 23rd June 1993 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She became an internet sensation, as the “Dancing Hurdler”, after footage of her pre-race warm-up dancing was captured at a 100 metres hurdles heat at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Barcelona and went viral. One version of the video has amassed more than 25.46 million views on YouTube. The footage has since been broadcast on media outlets worldwide.
Career highlights of Michelle Jenneke
- 1st place (100m hurdles) – 2010 Australian Junior Championships
- 1st place (4x100m relay) – 2010 Australian Junior Championships (Australian record)
- 2nd place (100m hurdles) – 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, Singapore
- 4th place (“Swedish medley” relay) – 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, Singapore
- 3rd place (100m hurdles) – 2011 Australian Championships
- 5th place – (100m hurdles) 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics, Barcelona, Spain
In January 2013 Jenneke was ranked tenth on AskMen.com’s 99 Most Desirable Women 2013. She is one of the athletes featured in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Michelle Jenneke Silver Medalist Youth Olympic Games 2010 Singapore, Pre-race warm-up dancing YouTube Queen with 25.46 million views is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You started at a very young age of ten years at the Cherrybrook Athletics Club and reached the pinnacle of success by winning Gold Medal at Oceania Youth Championships 2010 Sydney and Silver Medal at Youth Olympic Games 2010 Singapore both in 100 meters hurdles. What factors do you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
Ms. Michelle Jenneke: I think there are many contributing factors to the success that I have enjoyed in my athletics. I think the main ones are the support, development and encouragement from others and the enjoyment that I gain from the sport, which motivates me to want to improve myself and keep being competitive at what I love to do.
Balancing Athletics and education together with having time to just relax and spend time with friends is a real juggle, my family plays a huge role in making this possible. Previously my High School, Hills Grammar and now the University of Sydney give me the flexibility to make Athletics a priority when necessary.
My amazing Track Coach Mick Zisti, my strength and conditioning Coach Jason Howell and my Physiotherapist Nathan Halliday all keep me in the best physical condition possible.
Then there are all my friends within Athletics and my training squad who all make Athletics a fantastic experience and a truly enjoyable place to spend time. Winning races is always nice, but for me the motivation is the desire to improve my times and achieve new personal bests, whilst having a great time doing it.
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