Name: Blake Haxton
Sport: Rowing
Classification: Men’s Arms and Shoulders Single Sculls
Height: 3-2
Weight: 150
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
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 5th (ASM1x)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 5th (ASM1x)
  • Years of participation: 2014, 2015
  • Top Finish: 4th, 2014 (ASM1x)
Personal: Haxton chose rowing in high school when his friends and family really wanted him to give it a try. He gave in a was hooked within a few weeks. He contracted necrotizing fasciitis in the spring of his senior year of high school. The infection and subsequent complications required surgeons to amputate his legs. He lists making the U.S. National Team as his most memorable achievement. He lists his older brother Anderson as the most influential person in his life, saying, “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.”...Son of Steven and Heather Haxton…Has one sister, Haley, and one brother, Anderson…Hobbies include handcycling, fishing, swimming and marathons.