Displaying a keen interest in sport from an early age, Stef grew up playing Rugby, Basketball and Volleyball in addition to Swimming and Cross-Country running.
- Home Town:
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Loughborough National Performance Centre
- Date Of Birth:
- Games Attended:
- London 12, Beijing 08
Stef has dual nationality as her parents are British, but she was raised in Toronto. Whilst studying for a degree in Biochemistry and Life Sciences at Queen’s University, Toronto, in 2004, Stef was invited to try track and field with the Varsity team.
Specialising in sprint events and the Long Jump, Stef was selected to represent Canada at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, winning a bronze medal in the T44 200m and finishing 5th in the F44 Long Jump. She took the decision to compete for Great Britain in 2010.
On her second Games appearance at London 2012, Stef won silver in the F42/44 Long Jump, taking a Paralympic record in her F44 class with a jump of 5.28m. She also placed 8th in the T44 100m and 4th in the T44 200m.
Stef has aspirations to work as a nutritionist and be a successful speaker once she has retired from competition. She is married to Canadian Brent Lakatos, a T53 Wheelchair Racer.
Stefanie is a lower-limb amputee after a boating accident when she was 16 years old.
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
T44 100m: 8th
T44 200m: 4th
F42/44 Long Jump: silver
- 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games (representing Canada)
T44 200m: bronze
F44 Long Jump: 5th
- 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Lyon, France
- F44 Long Jump: 5th
- 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand
T44 100m: 4th
T44 200m: bronze
F44 Long Jump: bronze