2½ years ago Steph was diagnosed with scoliosis. She had a 33° progressive spinal curve that normally results in an 8 hour operation where metal rods are inserted into the back to support the spine. Steph opted to wear a back brace in an attempt to avoid major surgery. Steph has worn this hard plastic back brace for 21hours EVERY DAY and has made full use of her 3 hours a day out of the brace by pursuing her two great passions. First is dance where she has performed in a Flagship group at venues including the Wales Millennium Centre, her second passion is karate and has represented both Wales and Great Britain at U16 level. Steph also volunteers for a local charity, offering encouragement, support and advice to help others affected by scoliosis, and is an inspiration through her determination to succeed, her commitment and her warm personality.