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Stef Reid MBE: Dancing on Ice is stretching my body and my faith

by Alex Collett

A five-time Paralympic medal winner, has described how featuring on TV show Dancing on Ice, has helped to build her faith in God.

Stef Reid, MBE, a long jumper and sprinter, spoke to Premier about her intensive training and how learning to ice skate brought her closer to God.

She also expressed how a word from God inspired her to jump her best long jump ever at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Speaking to Premier she said: “Before you meet your professional partner, you spend 30 hours with a local coach, learning how to skate.

“I struggled quite a bit, I have an artificial leg and probably the hardest thing was learning how to skate backwards.

“I think that is what faith looks like, you give your best and you just accept that is your job, you are not God.

She also spoke of a worship song that she turns to when she is needing some encouragement and a bit of a ‘boost.’

“At the moment I have found myself really drawn to Oceans Deep, just because there is a bit of a switch between the ring and the ocean.

“Just about stepping out into the unknown, that one has really been speaking to me.”

Stephanie also referred to her experience of competing in Tokyo and that God gave her a vision to keep going.

She said: “I felt God saying to me, I want you to build me an ark, and I started to think about Noah, when he started building an ark in the middle of the desert and everyone thought he was ridiculous, you know why was he building a boat.

“I felt that people were thinking that about me, you know I’m done, I’m too old.

“I just felt like I had a very strong sense of God saying no I want you to build me an ark,

“Keep giving it your best and see where you are on the final day of selection and see where you get to.”

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