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Zach Shattuck



Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Mount Airy, MD, USA
Higher education
Zoology - Frostburg State University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
In 2013 he competed at the World Dwarf Games in Lansing, MI, United States of America, and in 2014 he started competitive Para swimming while studying at Frostburg State University.
Why this sport?
While competing at the 2013 World Dwarf Games in Lansing, MI, United States of America, he swam against an Australian who was part of his country's Para swimming team. The Australian's parents suggested to Shattuck's parents that they find out what Para swimming opportunities are available in the United States of America, and one year later he started Para swimming at Frostburg State University. "Swimming was not on the radar at all when I was growing up. I loved swimming, not necessarily racing, just playing around. I played soccer and wrestled in high school, and swimming was something where an opportunity happened and I went for it."
Training Regime
In 2021, in the run-up to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, he was doing nine swim sessions a week at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America.

International debut

Competing for
United States
Pan American Games
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Skiing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking. (, 01 Sep 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver and three bronze medals at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (, 17 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never allow yourself to be defined by someone else's opinion of you." (Twitter profile, 02 Sep 2015)
To reach the finals in all his events at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Aug 2021)
He was born with hypochondroplasia, though his condition went undetected until he was 18 months old. (, 03 Aug 2021;, 17 Sep 2019;, 27 Feb 2015)
Other information
After graduating from Frostburg State University in 2018, he worked as an assistant coach for the swim team at the University of Mary Washington [UMW] in Fredericksburg, VA, United States of America. At UMW he was reunited with his friend, US Para swimming teammate Joey Peppersack, who he had met at a swim meet several years earlier. He coached Peppersack for two years at UMW until Peppersack graduated from the school in May 2021. (, 17 Jul 2021;, 03 Jul 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2017-12-03 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2017-12-03 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-04 11
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2017-12-06 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final 1 2017-12-06 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-07 9