Alumna breaks world record in F44 long jump
Stefanie Reid, Artsci’06, set a new world record of 5.05m in the F44 long jump at the McCain JumpsFest in London, UK, on August 7. She broke the previous record of 5.04m.
F44 is the classification for a single below-knee amputation. Ms Reid lost a portion of her right leg in a boating accident in 2000. Introduced to track and field while a student at Queen's, she has made a worldwide name for herself as an athlete. In 2007, she was named the Paralympics Ontario top female athlete of the year at the Ontario Para Sports Awards. That season, she broke the Canadian long jump record in the F44 class, a record which had stood since 1988. She would later better the mark on two occasions. At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Ms Reid captured a bronze medal for Canada in the 200m event and placed fifth in the long jump. Now training in England, she will compete for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Ms Reid returned to campus last October with her family to receive the 2009 “One To Watch Award” from the Queen’s University Alumni Association. The award recognizes recent Queen's graduates who are making significant contributions in their fields.
Ms Reid competes next on August 15 in the 100m and 200m races at the 2010 UK Disability Athletics Challenge Series.