Krystal Shaw started swimming at age nine as she wanted to get involved in sport to help with her muscle development. At age 14 she competed at the Canada Games with the Saskatchewan provincial team where she won a bronze medal. In 2009, she was a member of Canada’s national Para swimming team and competed at the IPC World Championships that season.
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. Seven years later she was cleared and has resumed her career.