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CHESHIRE Shawn
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age46
Place of BirthHarlingen, TX, USA
Height1.57 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Guide
Robin Farina
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughters Brytni and Erin
Residence
Camillus, NY, USA
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English
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." (deseretnews.com, 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. (syracuse.com, 13 Oct 2014)
Impairment
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. (deseretnews.com, 09 Jan 2013)
Other information
VETERAN
She joined the US Army in 1994 and served as a helicopter armament specialist. A knee injury resulted in an honourable discharge in 2002. (espn.go.com, 11 Nov 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
11 2013 Tandem B - Road Race 2:18:48
7 2014 Tandem B - Time Trial 37:18
10 2014 Tandem B - Road Race 2:08:37
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 Tandem B - 3km Pursuit  
11 2016 Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial 1:13.303
7 2019 Tandem B - 3km Pursuit  
11 2019 Tandem B - 1000m Time Trial 1:11.770
6 2019 Tandem B - Sprint  
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 Tandem B - Time Trial 41:07.76
9 2016 Tandem B - Road Race 2:07.05