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Stef Reid

The Paralympic Blade Stunner

Biography

Stef "The Blade Stunner" Reid is a professional long jumper and sprinter. Stef is a 5 x world record holder in the long jump for female amputees. She won a silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, and is training towards the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Stef is an international speaker with a portfolio that includes corporate key notes speeches, guest lecturing, and consulting with the Vatican! Stef inspires audiences through her message that the pursuit of excellence is possible for everyone.

A boating accident at 16 put Stef’s dream to be an international rugby player on hold. She took a break from sport to focus on her studies and earned a full academic scholarship to study biochemistry at Queen’s University. While at university, Stef was given her first running blade and fell in love with sport again. She put her plans for medical school on hold and dedicated herself to athletics.

Off the track, Stef’s enthusiasm and approachability have helped her develop into an in demand speaker and media personality. Some of her recent adventures include being a pundit for Channel 4, working as a BBC sports reporter, and becoming the first British amputee to walk the London Fashion Week Catwalk!

Topics

  • The Aristotle Effect - the Pursuit of Excellence

  • Able-ism in the Fashion Industry

  • Does Jesus like Winning?

  • Motivation

  • Resilience in sport and business

  • Health for Performance

Testimonials

“Stef has worked with BP on numerous occasions, bringing a magic and passion to our internal and external audiences alike. Most recently she delivered a powerful keynote speech at the Future Leaders event, which brought together many of BP’s highest potential individuals from around the world. Stef possesses an extraordinary ability to engage every person in the room, sharing her perspectives in a way that is at once engaging, energizing and thought-provoking. Stef has a natural speaking talent and an ability to make us all think again about what is possible in life.”

Joseph Merlini, UK Sports Partnership Director, BP

"I wouldn't hisitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an inspiring, motivational and down-to-earth speaker at their company event."

CIL Management Consultancy

"Stef eloquently articulated the problems of striving to conform to the narrow stereotype of 'normal' and encouraged the audience to challenge the current paradigm"

Dr Carolyn Mair, London College of Fashion

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