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EXC Stef Reid sheds light on her prosthesis and how it’s positively impacted her life 

EXCLUSIVE ‘I have always felt like I could do anything I wanted to’: Stef Reid sheds light on her prosthesis and its positive impact on her life ahead of her first Dancing On Ice appearance


Stefanie Reid has opened up about her prosthesis and its positive impact on her life in an exclusive interview. 

The track and field Paralympian, 37, lost her right foot in a boating accident at the age of 16 – and her life was saved by a surgeon in Toronto who amputated her right leg below the knee.

Ahead of her first performance on Dancing On Ice this weekend, the sportswoman shed light on her prosthetic skating leg and praised ‘amazing’ technology. 

EXCLUSIVE ‘I have always felt like I could do anything I wanted to’: Stef Reid shed light on her prosthesis and its positive impact on her life ahead of her first Dancing On Ice appearance

Opening up, she said: ‘It’s been amazing. I’m so fortunate that my whole life, I have had access and funds… prosthetic technology is amazing. 

‘I mean, I have woken up every day and always felt like I could do anything I wanted to do because I have legs to do it. I have a walking leg, a running leg, a high-heel leg, I have a skating leg. 

‘I know that’s not everyone’s scenario around the world. That, I feel really grateful for.’

Experience: The track and field Paralympian, 37, lost her right foot in a boating accident at the age of 16 - and her life was saved by a surgeon in Toronto who amputated her right leg below the knee

Experience: The track and field Paralympian, 37, lost her right foot in a boating accident at the age of 16 – and her life was saved by a surgeon in Toronto who amputated her right leg below the knee

Stef, who labelled herself an ‘awesome’ faller, revealed the tight time frame in which her prosthetist had to create her prosthetic implant. 

‘We had eight weeks to come up with something. Is it perfect? No. We didn’t have enough time, but it’s the best we could’ve come up with. It’s not high tech in the way you would expect. It is just one solid piece,’ she explained. 

The Team GB athlete is used to being put her through her paces with long jump and sprint events, but admitted Sunday’s first skate means she’s ‘heading into a situation that I have no clue how I’m going to react.’

Challenge: Stef, who labelled herself an 'awesome' faller, revealed the tight time frame in which her prosthetist had to create her prosthetic implant (pictured with Andy Buchanan)

Challenge: Stef, who labelled herself an ‘awesome’ faller, revealed the tight time frame in which her prosthetist had to create her prosthetic implant (pictured with Andy Buchanan)

Of the opportunity, she added: ‘In all my life it was never on my radar. When the opportunity came up, the only reason I would say no is because I was scared – and that’s a terrible reason. 

‘It’s once in a lifetime and I think I would regret it if I said no.’ 

Something Stef has felt conflicted about is whether she would have preferred her debut to be scheduled last week. 

‘I wanted to be first up, week one! It’s the worst having to watch other people go. I feel like I’ve been stewing all week and it’s killing me. 

‘It was good to see the way it all works Having gone last week, I might have been a bit shell-shocked,’ she debated. 

Hard worker: The Team GB athlete is used to being put her through her paces with long jump and sprint events, but admitted Sunday's first skate means she's 'heading into a situation that I have no clue how I’m going to react' (pictured July 2017 after winning gold in the Women's Long Jump T44)

Hard worker: The Team GB athlete is used to being put her through her paces with long jump and sprint events, but admitted Sunday’s first skate means she’s ‘heading into a situation that I have no clue how I’m going to react’ (pictured July 2017 after winning gold in the Women’s Long Jump T44)

Setback: It comes as S Club star Rachel Stevens has been forced to pull out of this weekend's performance after fracturing her wrist

Setback: It comes as S Club star Rachel Stevens has been forced to pull out of this weekend’s performance after fracturing her wrist

It comes as S Club star Rachel Stevens has been forced to pull out of this weekend’s performance after fracturing her wrist.  

She is expected to return to the ice on Sunday 30 January to allow time for a full recovery. 

Stef said of her fellow contestant: ‘Rachel was the first person I met on the show. She is so nice. She knew how nervous I was on the first day and she kinda took me aside and gave me a pep talk. 

‘She said, “honestly if you have fun, no one cares about anything else!” I can imagine it’s really disappointing and mentally it’s tough as well. She’s tough – and she’ll come back.’

Dancing On Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?

KYE WHYTE

Age: 22

Profession: Olympics BMX rider

Kye says: ‘I’d love to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.’

RACHEL STEVENS

Age: 43

Profession: Singer

Rachel says‘It now feels really real, this is really happening. I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.’

LIBERTY POOLE

 

Age: 22

Profession: Love Island star  

Liberty says: ‘I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can’t do any tricks’ 

STEF REID  

Age: 36

Profession: Paralympian

Stef says: ‘I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!’

REGAN GASCOIGNE 

 

Age: 26

Profession: Singer 

Regan says: ‘I love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!’

 KIMBERLY WYATT 

Age: 39

 Age: 39                                                                     

Profession: Pussycat Dolls singer

Kimberly says: ‘I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!’

BRENDAN COLE

 

Age: 45

Profession: Dancer

Brendan says: ‘I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show.’ 

BEN FODEN 

 

Age: 36

Profession: Rugby player  

Ben says:  ‘I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well.’

SALLY DYNEVOR  

 

Age:  58

Profession: Coronation Street actress 

Sally says:  ‘This is a massive challenge. I’m so scared! I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get.’

BEZ

 

Age: 57

Profession: Happy Mondays 

Bez says: ‘I’m always up for a challenge and am already in training on the ice.’

RIA HEBDEN

Age: 36

Profession: Presenter

Ria says: ‘It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.’

 CONNOR BALL

Age: 25

Age: 25

 Profession: The Vamps bassist

Connor says: ‘I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous. I’m quite clumsy, accident prone.’

 

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