For Rob, Haven returning to Vietnam is an important part of her journey.
Her maternal grandparents remain in the country and her half-sister has been in contact online.
The Shepherds plan to visit after the 2020 Games “to get that sense of where Haven actually comes from and what her parents were like“, Rob says.
But for now, Haven’s focus is on her 16th birthday. It will, however, be bitter-sweet.
Since Haven was adopted, she and Shelly have been almost constantly by each other’s side.
Every day they travel for an hour together to swimming practice, but Haven will soon be able to drive herself.
“I think I'm going to call her on the way home just to hear her voice, because I love my mum.”
When Haven reflects on her dramatic start in life, she says she feels no resentment towards her biological parents.
She says she uses her extraordinary story of survival as an inspiration.
“I definitely see that circumstance as a real reason why you shouldn’t just be moping around your whole life.”