Rochelle Okoye

  • Acting

Rochelle was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and began her gymnastics career when she was only two. At the age of seven, her parents moved her and her two siblings to Leeds, England, where her father finished his PhD at Cambridge and Oxford University. Rochelle continued her gymnastics career and at the age of nine, became a member of, and competed internationally for, the Great Britain Gymnastics Team. In 1996 Rochelle became the Great Britain National Gymnastics Champion and retained the title for three consecutive years. She was also nominated and awarded ‘The Top Sports Person in England under the age of 13 category,’ for two consecutive years.

At the age of 14, BBC produced and aired a one-hour documentary called Going for Gold, focusing primarily on her goal of competing in the 2000 Olympics. Unfortunately, her dream fell short when the International Gymnastics Federation (FGI) announced that a competitor must be 16 years of age in order to compete in the Olympics. Rochelle was turning 15, and sadly, one year shy of being eligible to qualify. With the Olympics another four years out of reach, her family decided the best thing to do was pack it in and return to Canada, in the hopes that she would continue her career on the Canadian team. Rochelle, however, had other plans. She resigned from gymnastics, focused on her studies and graduated from Terry Fox High School a year early at the age of 16.

In 2006, and only 20 years old, she graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Northern British Columbia. She worked in her field for two years, counselling and working one-on-one with children with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and behavioural problems. Although a very rewarding job, she did not feel completely fulfilled. She decided it was time to return to the world of sports.

Rochelle started training and competing in Amateur and Professional Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. She had her first amateur boxing fight after six months of training and made the decision with her coach, Tony Pep, to go pro after only one year of training and competing. She made her pro debut in 2008 at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam, BC, where she won a unanimous decision and went down in history alongside opponent, Priscilla Trampowsky, as the first professional female boxers to have fought in BC. In the pursuit of helping others achieve their fitness goals, Rochelle attained her personal training degree and started coaching, personal training and running fitness boot camps.

After embarking on all of her athletic journeys and education, Rochelle made a guided decision to jump full force into the film industry. Pursuing a career as a Stunt Performer and Actress, she has paved a successful career, fulfilling all of her passions and goals, working alongside some of the industry’s best. IMDB

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