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NARITA Mayumi
Sport Para swimming
NPC Japan   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthKawasaki, JPN
Height1.74 m
Weight 53 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Residence
Kawasaki, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
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?
She was encouraged by friends to participate in a para-swimming competition.
Club / Team
Yokohama Sakura Swimming School : Japan
Name of coach
Masayuki Horikoshhi [personal], JPN, from 2014; Fumiyo Minemura [national], JPN
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 ten 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)

She was presented with the Prime Minister Honorary Award in 2000. (hochi.co.jp, 03 Jul 2016)

She was given the Kawasaki Citizen Honorary Award in Japan in 1996. (hochi.co.jp, 03 Jul 2016)
Impairment
She has been in a wheelchair since she was 13 years old due to myelitis, a disease involving 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
RETURN TO COMPETITION
After competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing she participated in many other activities, including as an executive board member of the Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In November 2014 she decided to return to competitive action because she wanted to inspire many young para-athletes ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (yomiuri.co.jp, 21 May 2008; kanpara.com, 27 Jun 2015)

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 and a vice president of the Kanto Swimming Federation for the Disabled in Japan. (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