Dr. Andrea Steen (née Page) was an outstanding track and field athlete who specialized in the 400-metre hurdles. She won a number of accolades in the 1970s and ’80s and reached the semifinals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She became a licensed medical doctor following her career in athletics.
Born in Windsor on September 4, 1956, the young Andrea Page immediately established herself as a dominant runner. In 1970, at only 13 years of age, she won her first WSSA track and field event while representing Brennan High School in the 80-metre hurdles. Page would go on to win further WSSA hurdles titles in 1972 and ’73.
At the University of Windsor, Page studied and ran track between 1976 and ’79. At Windsor, she found the 400-metre hurdles, the event that eventually became her specialty. Page won OUAA titles in 1978 and ’79 before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. In the latter year, she received the University’s “Banner Shield” award, which recognizes Windsor’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Page moved on to the University of Waterloo, where she earned a Master’s degree in Science between 1979 and ’81. Although Waterloo did not run an outdoor track program, Page was able to compete indoors in the 300-metre and 600-metre races and 4-by-200-metre relay. At the CIAU National Championships, she picked up bronze medals in both individual events while her relay team won gold.
Following her collegiate career, Page delved further into amateur athletics. She won the 400-metre hurdles at the Canadian Championships in 1981, ’82, and ’84. In 1982, she set Canadian records in the event at that meet and again at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.
In 1983, Page finished sixth at both the World Student Games in Edmonton and the Pan-American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. She also competed at the Track and Field World Championships, held that year in Helsinki, Finland, reaching the quarterfinals.
Page was invited to the Canadian Olympic Trials, which she won. She travelled to Los Angeles as a member of the Olympic team, reaching the semifinals at the 1984 Games.
Two years later, Page reached the semifinals at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland and won a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships.
Page retired from track and field competition in 1986, following the Commonwealth Games. A few weeks thereafter, she enrolled in medical school at McMaster University, from which she graduated in 1989. During that time, she married Dave Steen, winner of a bronze medal in the decathlon at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Dr. Andrea Steen successfully completed her residency requirements between 1989 and ’91 in Ottawa. Afterwards, she returned to Windsor to open a family practice.