Meet Stefanie Reid
Paralympic T44 100m/ 200m and F44 long-jump
Bronze in the Long Jump and 200m, IPC World Championships 2011.
Long Jump World Record holder 2010.
200m Bronze medal, BT Paralympic World Cup 2010 (Team GB).
200m Bronze medal, Beijing Paralympic Games 2008 (Team Canada).
Stefanie grew up as an active, sporty teenager. She was passionate about rugby and planned to join the national team. But at 16, her life changed forever when she lost part of her leg in a boating accident.
After a long road to recovery, during which she turned her attention to education and other hobbies such as drama, she returned to sports. One day whilst studying at Queen’s University, Ontario her passion for sports was rekindled as she watched a track and field practice.
Upon joining the team she had to learn everything from scratch, including how to use her new running prosthesis. Despite not making the team initially, she persisted with training, and by her fourth year at Queen’s she was competing for the varsity team.
Her favourite quote from the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, is etched onto her running prosthetic: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Stefanie, who grew up in Toronto after her dad emigrated, won bronze for Canada in the 200m at the Beijing Paralympics. In 2009 Stef decided to change allegiance to GB and is now fully integrated into the GB team. She divides her time between training in the UK and Dallas so she can spend time with her husband Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos whom she married in 2008.
Stefanie is an academic scholar and has a degree in biochemistry and is currently studying for a Masters in Nutrition. She has a great sense of humour and recounts the fact that she has a cupboard full of legs for every occasion – including a water leg, a high-heel leg, an everyday leg, a general sports leg and a cheetah leg, which she wears for competitions.