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Casandra Shaffer

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Bend, OR, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Biological and Chemical Technology, Biomedical Science - Colorado State University: Fort Collins, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight after watching her sister in the pool at a local club in Bend, OR, United States of America. "It was more out of boredom [than anything else], watching my sister do it for two weeks while I just sat there doing nothing. I got up to meet some of the older kids and they became my inspiration to try."
Why this sport?
She enjoys the focus being in the water gives her. "It clears my head. I feel like it's just me and the water and nothing else. There's no clock, no competitors, no nothing."
Club / Team
Bend Swim Club: United States
Name of coach
Mark Bernett [club]

General interest

Nicknames
Casi (bendlifestylepubs.com, 23 Aug 2016)
Hobbies
Reading, writing, art, rugby. (teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (bendbulletin.com, 24 Aug 2015; bendswimclub.com, 03 Apr 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her mother Jody. (teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In order to have the ups, you have to have the downs as well." (teamusa.org, 18 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the 2015/16 John Arlin Award by Oregon Swimming in the United States of America. The honour was in recognition of her outstanding contribution to adapted swimming. (oregonswimming.org, 15 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
Her mother Jody won bronze in the 100m breaststroke at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (bendbulletin.com, 24 Aug 2015; teamusa.org, 01 Jul 2015)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (Facebook profile, 21 Sep 2018)