Who is John Steffensen

Born in Perth, Western Australia, to South African immigrant parents, Steffensen competed in Boxing as a kid from the ages of 11 to 19. Having over 30 amateur fights, representing Western Australia at the national championships in 96 and 98.

Steffensen then switched to running making his first Australian team in 2003 at the World Championships in Paris at the age of 20. He competed in the 2004 Olympics, and was a part of the Australian team that won the silver medal in the 4 × 400 metres relay. In 2005 he became the second Australian in history to make the finals of the 400m at the World Championships in Helsinki Finland, placing 8th in the world.
Steffensen then won the gold medal in the 400 m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne with a time of 44.73, setting a new personal best, beating the reining World indoor Champion and former World number one. He won a second gold medal as the first runner in the 4×400m Australian relay team at the same Games.
2007 was Steffensen’s best to date, breaking through in Europe, winning and placing in all the top international races around the world (Glasgow, Monaco, London, Lausanne, Sheffield, Madrid, Osaka, Sydney, Stuttgart) finishing the year 3rd in the world on the IAAF World rankings.
In 2009 he captained the Australian team in the 4x400m relay to bronze at the World Championships in Berlin Germany. He also made the semi finals of the 400m, just missing the finals.
Steffensen made a total of 11 national teams including three Olympic games (04,08,12), five World Championships (03,05,07,09,11) and three Commonwealth games (06,10,14). 
Retiring in 2014 saw Steffensen move to TV where he was runner up to Stephanie Rice in the Australian version of the television program Celebrity Apprentice. This catapulted him to become a sports analyst on Nine Network's Wide World of Sports as a co-host and part of the broadcast as a reporter for cycling Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
John became a Director on the Board of Athletics Australia where he founded and collaborated with Athletics Australia to develop the Nitro Athletics track and field series, which included variations on the traditional one-day athletics meeting with the intention of widening the sport's fanbase.
In 2016 John was also part of the Maltese Olympic team as a technical liaison. John is still currently consulting to the High performance and Commercial departments at Athletics Australia.

Steffensen made his first step into motor racing at Sandown in 2017 driving a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series with Zagame Motorsport. He finished the championship in third and moved immediately into the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia in 2018 driving in the Porsche Centre Melbourne team.
John is an old boy of Trinity College, Perth, and Guildford Grammar School, Perth (92-96).