Keely Shaw is now an established star in the women’s C4 Para cycling category on both the track and the road.
The Saskatchewan native reached a high point in her career at Tokyo 2020 with a bronze medal on track in the women’s individual pursuit. She was the only athlete from the province to win either an Olympic or Paralympic medal for those Games.
Three years later she improved that result to silver at the 2023 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 2022, she capped a strong season with a double bronze performance at the Para cycling road world championships held in Baie-Comeau, Que., placing third in the time trial and the road race.
Her first major international success was a silver in the individual pursuit at the 2019 world track championships.
She became a Para cyclist in 2016 after dabbling in several sports after a horseriding accident left her with partial paralysis on her left side at age 15 in 2009. She entered her first road race in 2017. She was invited to a Cycling Canada camp in 2017 and that same year won two medals at the national championships.
In 2018 she entered her first world championships. She was fourth in the individual pursuit at the track worlds and fourth and seventh in the time trial and road race at the road worlds.
2020 Paralympic Games (bronze in individual pursuit)… 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023 world team member (5-time medallist)... Saskatchewan’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2019 and 2021...
In 2009 at age 15 she fell off a horse on her family farm and was diagnosed with a broken blood vessel in her brain which caused partial paralysis on her left side… Before her accident she was a high-level hockey player with Olympic dreams…Completed her master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan in kinesiology in 2019. Her thesis was on the impact of dark chocolate on cycling at high altitudes. Pursuing her PhD in kinesiology — exercise physiology and sport nutrition.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2023 World Track Championships individual pursuit 2nd
2023 World Road Championships time trial 3rd
2023 World Road Championships road race 9th
2022 World Road Championships time trial 3rd
2022 World Road Championships road race 3rd
2021 Paralympic Games individual pursuit (track) 3rd
2021 Paralympic Games time trial (road) 4th
2021 Paralympic Games road race 13th
2020 World Track Championships individual pursuit 4th
2019 World Road Championships time trial 4th
2019 World Road Championships road race 7th
2019 World Track Championships individual pursuit 2nd
2018 World Road Championships time trial 4th
2018 World Road Championships road race 8th
2018 World Track Championships individual pursuit 5th
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1 bronze medals