Stefanie Reid

Paralympic long jumper, actor and chef

At just 15 years old, Stef Reid’s life changed dramatically. Already a talented sportsperson, with an eye on the rugby world stage, her dreams were shattered when a boating accident resulted in the amputation of her right foot. Fast forward to 2019 and Stef is a Paralympic long jumper, who competes for Great Britain. She is a five-time world record holder, reigning world champion (London 2017 long jump), and triple Paralympic medallist in the long jump (2016, 2012) and 200m sprint (2008). She has an honours degree in biochemistry, and away from the track works as a broadcaster, speaker, actor, and model. She is currently training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Stef is also a member of the British Paralympic Association Athlete Commission and an ambassador for the Leprosy Mission UK. Both charities are committed to changing perceptions and improving opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Stef was also a finalist on BBC Celebrity Masterchef 2018 and continues creating weird, healthy, and delicious culinary concoctions! When she’s not training, you will probably find her hiking, sleeping, reading, sipping coffee or doing yoga.

Favourite TED Talk:

Barbara Sher
Isolation is the dream killer, not your attitude

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