Queen's University

Alumna captures bronze at Paraolympics

 
2008-09-22

Stefanie Reid Artsci'06 of Windsor, Ont. is leaving the 2008 Beijing Paralympics having achieved her goal obtaining a medal.

Ms. Reid captured bronze in the 200 metres in the T44 (single below-the-knee amputee) final. She also placed fifth in the long jump. Ms Reid's story is inspirational, as she became a below knee amputee at age 16. At the time, she was a budding athlete involved in numerous sports such as rugby, basketball, volleyball, swimming and
cross-country. She went on to graduate from high school and was accepted on full academic scholarship to Queen's.

During this time, she was first introduced to the track and field team after catching a glimpse of the varsity teams early season practices. She went on to become a staple on the track and field team, learning her new sport from assistant coach Wayne Bulak, who still coaches at Queen's.

Ms. Reid won the Ontario University Athletics Community Service Award in Track and Field during the 2006-07 season. Despite her disability, her accomplishments as a member of Queen's Track & Field were recognized at the same level as the able-bodied
athletes.

Former Queen's rower Shannon Harvey coached Steve Daniel to a fifth-place finish during the Men's single Sculls (Final B) event. Mr. Daniel finished in a time of 1:22.20, just short of the Patrick Laureau of France who finished in 1:19.42.

The following is a list of Queen's athletes and their results at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics:
500m Canoe Doubles (Men's) – Andrew Russell, Artsci'05. Ranked 5th in Heat 2.
50km Race Walk (Men's) – Tim Berrett, MA'89. Ranked 38th.
Archery (Men's) – J.D. Burnes, BSc'10. Ranked 63rd.
Sailing 49er – Gordon Cook/Ben Remocker, Artsci'02. Ranked 14th.
Sailing Yngling (Women's) – Katie Abbott, Artsci'10. Ranked 13th.
Sailing Tornado – Oskar Johansson, Artsci/Sci'02. Ranked 4th (his highest finish at an Olympics).
Triathlon (Women's) – Lauren Groves, Artsci'03. Did not finish (broken elbow).

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