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Krystal Shaw



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Partner Chris Johnston Facebook profile, 14 Feb 2019
Regina, SK, CAN
Athlete, Sales
Higher education
Psychology - University of Regina: Regina, SK, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
She initially began the sport as part of her physical therapy.
Club / Team
Flatland Swimming : Regina, SK, CAN
Name of coach
Michel Berube [national], CAN; Jeff Toth [club]

General interest

Hero / Idol
Canadian Para athlete Lisa Franks. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix, 05 Jun 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chlorine runs through my veins." (Instagram profile, 12 Mar 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 11 Apr 2019)
She was born with Arthrogryposis, resulting in club feet, a dislocated hip and underdeveloped legs. She was also born with a hole in her stomach and bladder and gastroschisis [intestines outside the body]. Initially doctors thought she would never walk, but at age five she had 12 pins inserted in her leg and a metal frame around her legs for six months, followed by two months in a body case. A year later, after more surgeries, she took her first step. (, 14 Jan 2018)
Other information
She had to take a seven-year break from swimming at around age 15, after a blood clot developed in her leg and she was not allowed to swim. (, 14 Jan 2018)