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Stef Reid

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Husband Brent Lakatos
Other names
Stefanie Reid Lakatos
Occupation
Actress, Athlete, Media Professional - Television, Model, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Biochemistry, Life Science - Queen's University: Kingston, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 22.
Why this sport?
She had played rugby before her accident and within a year she was back playing again. However, she encountered problems as referees felt her prosthetic limb might injure other players. She stopped playing rugby as a result. One day she was watching an athletics training session at university and decided she wanted to become a sprinter. "When I went to university, it coincided with the time that there was a girl on my dorm room floor who was involved in athletics. She was a sprint hurdler. I found out about these amazing running blades and I got a hold of one and started training with the university team. I realised, 'Oh, I'm actually not bad' and just kept progressing and training."
Club / Team
Charnwood Athletic Club: Loughborough, ENG
Name of coach
Aston Moore [personal], GBR

General interest

Nicknames
Stef (stefaniereid.co.uk, 29 May 2012)
Hobbies
Yoga, reading, playing sports. (Facebook page, 24 Sep 2020)
Hero / Idol
US triathlete Madonna Buder, Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (paralympic.org, 08 Mar 2015)
Injuries
An ankle injury forced her to withdraw from the Great Britain squad ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (britishathletics.org.uk, 01 Nov 2019)

In early 2016 she missed eight weeks of training due to a pressure sore where her leg meets her prosthetic limb. She returned to training in April 2016. (dailymail.co.uk, 03 May 2016)

A herniated disc prevented her from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (dailymail.co.uk, 03 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." [Aristotle] (Facebook page, 24 Sep 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2018 New Year's Honours list. (loughboroughecho.net, 03 Jan 2018)

She was named the 2007 Female Athlete of the Year by ParaSport Ontario in Canada. (paralympians.com, 01 Mar 2010)
Famous relatives
Her husband Brent Lakatos represented Canada in wheelchair racing at the Paralympic Games in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. He won three silver medals at the 2012 Games in London, and claimed one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (insidethegames.biz, 23 Jul 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 03 Mar 2020; Facebook page, 02 Mar 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympics.org.uk, 25 Aug 2019)
Impairment
At age 16 she was accidentally hit by a motorboat and became caught up in its propellers. As a result of her injuries, the lower part of her right leg was amputated. During her recovery, she found inspiration from a nurse who reprimanded her for refusing to eat her breakfast. "To my surprise, she slammed it down on my bed and told me off. She said there was a little girl in another ward who just lost both her legs and she could still smile, so what was my problem? She said my family were a mess and needed to see me smile, even if I didn't feel like it. She was the first one who really challenged me, and that day I made a choice that I was still going to enjoy my life." (independent.co.uk, 24 Jan 2013; paralympians.com, 14 Dec 2010; uka.org.uk, 17 Aug 2010)
Other information
ACTING
In 2017 she made her acting debut in a short film called 'The Energy Within', which is about an athlete who struggles to come to terms with losing a limb. The film was directed by Samuel De Ceccatty. "He did an internet search and my name came up. He thought I was perfect, he didn't know if I could act. I was so excited by the idea. But it meant he had his work cut out. Not only did he have to write and direct, he had to give me acting lessons. It's not my biography, but emotionally it was my story. Yes, I'm bubbly now, but there were a lot of dark places on the way here. I remember after the first block of filming going home and feeling depressed. It brought back a lot of horrible memories." (telegraph.co.uk, 14 Apr 2018; athleticsweekly.com, 29 Dec 2017)

FROM NEW ZEALAND TO CANADA TO GREAT BRITAIN
She was born in New Zealand to a Scottish father and an English mother. At age four she moved with her family to Toronto, ON, Canada. With the option of competing for New Zealand, Great Britain, or Canada, she chose to represent Canada at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. In 2010 she switched to compete for Great Britain. "It was a tough decision. It came down to the quality of the programme that Britain delivers and the funding put into it. Britain has one of the best programmes available." (uka.org.uk, 17 Aug 2010; bbc.co.uk, 19 Jan 2010)

INJURY SCARE
After suffering a herniated disc in 2015 she was told her sporting career may have been over, and as a result she considered alternative occupations. "I had all the facts then. I saw all the experts; they were super honest. Nobody ever gave me, 'You're definitely going to do this; this will definitely happen'. They just said, 'Look, honestly, we don't know'. I actually ended up auditioning to be a weather girl for the BBC. I did all sorts of things. I walked the London Fashion Week catwalk. It honestly ended up being one of the best summers of my life in a weird way." (telegraph.co.uk, 24 Jan 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2019 she was appointed vice president of UK Athletics. (athleticsweekly.com, 20 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump F44/46 Final 2011-01-24 3
Women's 200 m T44 Final 2011-01-25 3
Women's 100 m T44 Final 2011-01-26 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T44 Heat 2 2012-09-01 3
Women's 100 m T44 Final Round 2012-09-02 8
Women's Long Jump F42/44 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Women's 200 m T44 Heat 2 2012-09-05 4
Women's 200 m T44 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2013-07-23 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-15 1