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Haven Shepherd

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Mar 10, 2003


Carthage, MO



classification: S8

  • Haven was born in Vietnam and was adopted at 20 months old
  • She is a double amputee after losing her lower legs at 14 months old by a bomb that her birth parents detonated trying to commit a family murder/suicide

  • Haven is a motivational speaker, a CrossFit athlete, model, brand ambassador and dedicated advocate for people with disabilities

  • Daughter of Gary and Shelly Shepherd

  • Has four sisters, Chloe, Haley, Hannah and Ivy, and two brothers, Sawyer and Zach

  • 2019 World Para Swimming World Series Indianapolis, 2nd (100m breaststroke), 3rd (200m individual medley), 4th (50m freestyle), 5th (100m backstroke)
  • 2018 World Para Swimming World Series Indianapolis, 1st (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle), 2nd (200m individual medley, 100m butterfly), 4th (100m breaststroke)
  • 2017 Can-Am Open, 1st (100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle)
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