Shawn Cheshire

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Robin Farina

Further personal information

Daughters Brytni and Erin
Camillus, NY, USA
Higher education
Paramedicine - State University of New York Upstate Medical University: Syracuse, NY, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para cycling in 2012, and began competing in February 2013.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport at a United States Association of Blind Athletes [USABA] cycling development camp in 2012.
Name of coach
Simon Bennett [national], AUS

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Surround yourself with people who are positive. You can do anything you set your mind to, if you're willing to work hard." (, 09 Jan 2013)
Other sports
She competed in indoor rowing and athletics at the 2014 Invictus Games in London, England, and has trained with the United States of America national cross-country skiing and biathlon teams. (, 13 Oct 2014)
In 2009 she was working as an emergency medical technician during a snowstorm, when she slipped while treating a patient in her ambulance. She cracked her skull, damaging the cranial nerve, which caused her vision to deteriorate. (, 09 Jan 2013)
Other information
She joined the US Army in 1994 and served as a helicopter armament specialist. A knee injury resulted in an honourable discharge in 2002. (, 11 Nov 2015)