Simoné Botha Welgemoed - Professional Freelance Ballet Dancer, Motivational Speaker & Miss Deaf SA 2012/2013
Simoné Botha Welgemoed, former Miss Deaf SA 2012, was born profoundly deaf and received her cochlear implant at age 22 months. She lives her dream today as the world’s first profoundly deaf professional ballet dancer with a cochlear implant. Aside from her dancing career as a principal dancer that performs leading roles with various companies, Simoné aspires to motivate and inspire young hearing impaired children to chase their dreams. People never thought that Simoné would make a successful career in professional dance, because she cannot hear the music. She has had many obstacles and naysayers to face. Simoné did not want to be pitied- as a result it was never mentioned at auditions, eisteddfods and competitions. She rather tried to blend in, in order to prove that being hearing impaired doesn’t make you less of a dancer.
During her reign as Miss Deaf SA 2012 she realised that she could help other hearing impaired individuals to realize their own dreams by sharing her successes as a professional hearing impaired dancer.