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Dancing On Ice signs Paralympic athlete Stef Reid to skate


Paralympic athlete Stef Reid will take part in the new series of 'Dancing On Ice'. (ITV)

Paralympic athlete Stef Reid will take part in the new series of ‘Dancing On Ice’. (ITV)

Dancing On Ice has revealed its third celebrity contestant taking part in the new series will be Paralympic athlete Stef Reid.

The Bronze-medal winning track and field athelete will join Happy Mondays star Bez and Coronation Street‘s Sally Dynevor on the ice for the celebrity figure skating contest.

Reid, 36, said: “I have some really exciting news. I’m going to be picking up a new sport this winter and it comes with a little bit of showbiz. I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!”

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The multi-medal winning long jumper lost her right lower leg and foot in a boating accident when she was a 15-years-old

Born in New Zealand to British parents, Reid grew up in Canada. She now lives in England with her Canadian wheelchair racer husband Brent Lakatos.

Stef Reid from Great Britain at long jump  during athletics at the Tokyo  Paralympics, Tokyo Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan on August 28, 2021. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Stef Reid at the Tokyo Paralympics in August 2021. (Getty Images)

Bez, real name Mark Berry, was a guest on Monday’s This Morning as Dancing On Ice hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield revealed that the recent Celebrity MasterChef contestant had signed up to skate.

The 57-year-old warned that he was unlikely to win the show and said he thought he’d been chosen as the joke contestant.

He said: “How I got picked I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition.

“I think that’s why they picked me.

Bez claims he is a terrible skater. (Getty Images)

Bez claims he is a terrible skater. (Getty Images)

“Last year at Christmas I ended up using my son’s penguin to get round the ice.”

Soap star Dynevor – who battled breast cancer in 2009 – said: “I’m 58, if I don’t do it this year I’m never going to do it. It’s completely out of my comfort zone and I’m absolutely terrified…but I’ve just got to try and enjoy this experience.”

This year’s contestants will need nerves of steel to take part in the show as Dancing On Ice 2021 saw the highest number of drop outs due to injury or illness that the competition had ever seen.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07:  Sally Dynevor attends the Inside Soap Awards at Sway on October 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Sally Dynevor has played Corrie’s Sally Webster since 1986. (Getty Images)

Denise Van Outen had to quit with a dislocated shoulder, Billie Shepherd was concussed, Jason Donovan suffered a back injury, and Rufus Hound and Joe-Warren Plant both tested positive for COVID.

Pro skaters had a tough series too, with Hamish Gaman suffering a finger injury and Yebin Mok had to have surgery after her partner Graham Bell accidentally stabbed her in the leg with his skating blade.

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Meanwhile, John Barrowman, who was facing allegations of sexual misconduct earlier in the year, has been axed from the judging panel.

An ITV spokeswoman said in a statement: “We thank John for two brilliant years on the Dancing on Ice panel and are pleased to be working with him again as host of the forthcoming All Star Musicals specials.”

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