Name: Haven Shepherd
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter Breaststroke, 100-meter Backstroke, 100-meter Butterfly, 50-meter Freestyle, 200-meter Individual Medley
Classification: S8, SB7, SM8
Height: 5-6
DOB: 3/10/2003
Birthplace: Vietnam
Hometown: Carthage, Mo.
High School: Homeschooled
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 5th (200-meter Individual Medley)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019 World Para Swimming World Series Indianapolis, 2nd (100-meter breaststroke), 3rd (200-meter individual medley), 4th (50-meter freestyle), 5th (100-meter backstroke)
  • 2018 World Para Swimming World Series Indianapolis, 1st (50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle), 2nd (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly), 4th (100-meter breaststroke)
  • 2017 Can-Am Open, 1st (100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley, 100-meter freestyle)
Personal: 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