From Bundaberg in Queensland, Steele came from a background in surf lifesaving. She was fourth in the open women's beach flags at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in 2004, Queensland State Champion in open and under 19 beach flag events, and also competed up to level 9 in Gymnastics.
Making her World Cup debut in Skeleton in Calgary in November 2005, Steele slid to a remarkable sixth place, after just 13 weeks of experience on the ice. She recorded the fastest push time in the opening heat and the second fastest time in the final heat on the 1988 Olympic track to finish 1.15 seconds behind race winner Melissa Hollingsworth-Richards of Canada.
Steele made her Olympic debut at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games and in doing so became Australia's first female Skeleton athlete. She finished in 13th place.
Four years later, Steele was devastated to miss selection for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, missing out to teammates Melissa Hoar and Emma Lincoln-Smith.
Steele has produced some excellent results in the 2013/14 World Cup season, most notably her bronze medal 2013 World Cup in Calgary, Canada. Steele has produced some excellent results in the 2013/14 World Cup season, most notably her bronze medal 2013 World Cup in Calgary, Canada. At the final World Cup in Königssee before the Olympics, Steele was fourth giving her an overall FIBT ranking for 2013/14 of 11th.