In her class yearbook, her English teacher wrote this poem about her:
Her poetry is open.
It’s honest, warm and true.
And, like Shavon’s strong spirit,
Speaks directly out to you.
-- Mrs. Ludwig
She was one of five that made up the inaugural 2017 class of female resident athletes training full-time at the U.S. Goalball Center of Excellence in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Her bio at the United States Association of Blind Athletes website reads as follows:
Introduced to the sport in high school, Shavon Lockhardt has been playing goalball for four years. “Goalball serves as a teacher for me. Not only do I enjoy playing, but it teaches me how to stay focused and not overthink.”
Born with macular degeneration, Shavon attended the New York Institute for the Blind near her hometown of Brooklyn from a young age. It is her former coach, Devin Bullock, and teammates Darryl Austen and Jahron Black she credits for helping her develop into the athlete and person she is today. “I give credit to my former coach, Devin, for reaching out and giving me the opportunity to play,” she said. “Major credit goes to Darryl and Jahron for working with me countless times on and off the court.”
Shavon aspires to travel the world playing the sport she loves at the highest level possible. Immediately, she wants to perfect her spin thrown and bounce ball on the court.
Outside of goalball, Shavon likes to make music. She looks up to her mother. “To me, [my mother] is the definition of strength.”
Classification: B2Height: 5’7”Birthdate: February 27, 1990Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.Current Residence: Fort Wayne, Ind.High School: The New York Institute for the Blind ‘09College: Kings Borough Community CollegeMotto: “Live and let live.”Favorite cheat food: Good Chinese food
2016 USABA Goalball National Champions – 1st
Connect with Shavon on Twitter: @shaytaylorx3