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Aspen Shelton



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six, and entered her first competition at age eight. She chose to pursue Para swimming during her first year at high school.
Why this sport?
She initially took up the sport as a form of therapy. She became interested in Para swimming when she heard about US swimmer McClain Hermes, who has a similar impairment and has competed in the sport. "It's a sense of freedom that I don't get around on land. I mean, it's just amazing feeling the water and just a sense of freedom."

General interest

Reading, nature, collecting stickers, spending time with friends and family. (, 01 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have fun with whatever you do and give it your all, because you never know where you're going to end up." (, 07 Nov 2018)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 13 Apr 2017)
She was diagnosed as legally blind while she was in the sixth grade at school. She was born with an eye condition named retinopathy of prematurity [ROP], which affects the retinas of premature babies. The condition is worsened by the presence of plus disease, which causes the retina to become enlarged and twisted. (, 13 Apr 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2017-12-05 2