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NARITA Mayumi
Sport Para swimming
NPC Japan   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthKawasaki, JPN
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kawasaki, JPN
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim in 1994 and won her first competition in the same year after just one month of training.
Why this sport?
Some of her friends encouraged her to participate in a Para swimming competition.
Club / Team
Yokohama Sakura Swimming School : Japan
Name of coach
Fumiyo Minemura [national], JPN; Masayuki Horikoshi [personal], JPN, from 2014
General Interest
Nicknames
Queen of Water, Ma-chan (nhk.or.jp, 08 Sep 2015; IPC, 30 Nov 2009)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying to compete at her fifth Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
German Para swimmer Kay Espenhayn. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2016; IPC, 30 Nov 2009)
Injuries
In 2008 she suffered a hip joint disease and spent time in hospital recovering from the condition. She left hospital 10 days before the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (sankei.com, 21 Aug 2015)

In January 2006 she had problems with her hip joint. She had three operations and stayed in a hospital for 20 months. (yomiuri.co.jp, 21 May 2008)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2005 Female Athlete of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2005)

In 2000 she was presented with the Prime Minister's Honorary Award in Japan. (hochi.co.jp, 03 Jul 2016)

In 1996 she was given the Kawasaki Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (hochi.co.jp, 03 Jul 2016)

She received the Kawasaki Sports Award in 1995. (seiwabl.co.jp, 2004)
Impairment
She has used a wheelchair since she was age 13 due to myelitis, a condition the causes inflammation of the spinal cord. She became a quadriplegic after she was involved in a car accident in 1994, the same year she began competing. (IPC brochure, 2008)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an executive board member of the Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, a committee member of the Central Council for Education, an ambassador to Kawasaki Citizens Culture, a visiting researcher at Sports Science Research Institute of Nippon Sport Science University and a vice president of the Kanto Swimming Federation for the Disabled in Japan. (kanpara.com, 01 Sep 2016; Athlete, 06 Sep 2016; kanpara.com, 27 Jun 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1996 50m Freestyle S4 44.47 
1 1996 100m Freestyle S4 1:36.23 
2 1996 200m Freestyle S4 3:22.47 
2 1996 50m Backstroke S4 54.87 
4 1996 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:07.37 
3 1996 150m Medley SM4 3:08.63 
1 2000 50m Freestyle S4 39.23 
1 2000 100m Freestyle S4 1:30.06 
1 2000 200m Freestyle S4 3:12.79 
1 2000 50m Backstroke S4 50.38 
2 2000 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:01.99 
1 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:01.31
1 2000 150m Medley SM4 2:53.73 
1 2004 50m Freestyle S4 39.22
1 2004 100m Freestyle S4 1:25.07
1 2004 200m Freestyle S4 3:02.00
1 2004 50m Backstroke S4 49.54
1 2004 50m Breaststroke SB3 56.20
1 2004 150m Individual Medley SM4 2:45.20
1 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:00.62
3 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:33.11
5 2008 50m Freestyle S5 39.99
5 2008 100m Freestyle S5 1:27.90
5 2008 50m Backstroke S5 51.23
Heats 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:11.33
5 2016 50m Freestyle S5 39.23 
6 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:48.27
5 2016 50m Backstroke S5 47.63 
7 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:21.68
7 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:26.39 
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:06.40
2 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:30.77
2 2018 200m Freestyle S5 3:10.69
2 2018 50m Freestyle S5 41.84