Stef was born in New Zealand to a Scottish father and English mother, grew up in Toronto, and moved to Dallas, Texas with her Canadian husband all before settling back in the UK in 2010. Stef’s talent and passion for sport were spotted early, and at 12 she was already dreaming of playing rugby on the world stage. But at 15, Stef was involved in a boating accident, suffering severe propeller lacerations. Her life was saved but her right foot was amputated.
Stef’s focus shifted from her sports to her studies, and she graduated as valedictorian earning a full academic scholarship to Queen’s University in Canada to study biochemistry. While at Queen’s, Stef joined the university athletics team “just to see how fast she could still run.” Upon graduation, Stef decided to put her plans of medical school aside and focus on her childhood dream of being a professional athlete.
Stef trains at Loughborough University alongside her wheelchair racing husband, Brent Lakatos. Brent is also world record holder, seven-time Paralympic medallist, and seven-time world champion. Together the dynamic duo are working hard towards Tokyo 2020.
Stef is an international speaker with a portfolio that includes corporate keynotes speeches, event hosting, guest lecturing, and consulting with the Vatican! Stef inspires and challenges audiences through her message that excellence is possible for everyone.
Off the track, Stef’s enthusiasm and approachability have helped her develop into an in-demand speaker and media personality. Some of her recent adventures include being a pundit for Channel 4, working as a BBC reporter for the Invictus Games Australia 2018, and becoming the first British amputee to walk the London Fashion Week Catwalk.
The Pursuit of Excellence, Resilience, The Adaptive Mindset, Motivation, Failure, Well-being and Human Performance in business
McLaren, Bloomberg, Sky, VISA, Wunderman, BP
Below is a short film with Stef taking an acting role, The Energy Within – sponsored by BP