Name: Blake Haxton
Sport: Rowing
Event(s): PR1 Single Sculls (rowing), VL2 (paracanoe)
Classification: Men’s Arms and Shoulders Single Sculls
Height: 3-2
DOB: 12/17/1990
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Upper Arlington High School (Columbus, Ohio) ‘09
College: Ohio State University ’13, Finance; Ohio State University, Juris Doctor ‘16
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020), One-time Paralympic medalist (silver)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver (200m VL2), 10th (PR1 single sculls)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 4th (arms and shoulders single sculls)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 7th (PR1 single sculls)
  • Years of participation: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014
  • Top Finish: 4th – 2018 (PR1 single sculls), 2014 (arms and shoulders single sculls)
Personal: Parents are Steven and Heather Haxton...Chose rowing in high school when his friends and family convinced him to give it a try...He contracted a necrotizing fasciitis in the spring of his senior year of high school and subsequent complications required surgeons to amputate his legs...He lists making the U.S. National Team as his most memorable achievement...Has one sister, Haley, and one brother, Anderson...Says his older brother is the most influential person in his life, “We’re very close in age, so we’ve done just about everything together, especially anything involving sports. He was always a fierce competitor and when combined with the fact that he was always a little bigger and stronger than I was, it meant that he would beat me in just about everything we played. Eventually that competitive streak rubbed off a little bit, and I’m really glad I had him to push me all those years."...Hobbies include handcycling, fishing, swimming and marathons