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Kaede Maegawa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63

Further personal information

Residence
Tsu, JPN
Occupation
Artist
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Nutrition - Tsu City College: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2014 in Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Why this sport?
She played basketball before her accident and wanted to return to sports as soon as possible. Coach Hiroaki Kato recommended athletics to her as part of her rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Shin Nihon Juki: Japan
Name of coach
Atsushi Yamamoto [personal], JPN, from 2020

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Japan
Location
Beijing, CHN

General interest

Hobbies
Painting her nails, reading comic books, watching cartoons. (Instagram profile 2, 17 Mar 2021; sports.or.jp, 05 Oct 2018; 1242.com, 21 Dec 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (1242.com, 21 Dec 2017; Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para athlete Hitomi Onishi. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German Para sprinter Heinrich Popow. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Enjoyment and suffering." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was selected as a torch bearer for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Her leg of the torch relay was in Tsu City, Japan. (Instagram profile 07 Apr 2021; Twitter profile 07 Apr 2021)

She was flag bearer for Japan at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (mainichi.jp, 06 Oct 2018)

In 2016 she was given the Tsu City Sports Honorary Award in Japan. (info.city.tsu.mie.jp, 01 Jan 2017)

In 2015 she was given a Welfare Sports Merit Award by Mie Prefecture in Japan. (pref.mie.lg.jp, 01 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkei.com, 08 Apr 2020)
Impairment
She was involved in a traffic accident in 2012, which resulted in the amputation of her right leg below the knee. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017; iryou.chunichi.co.jp, 23 Apr 2013)
Other information
FASHION ROLE MODEL
She illustrates designs for her prosthetic limb and has launched her own business selling personally-designed prosthetic limbs, jewellery, bags, clothing, footwear and clay models. She has also created a prosthetic-limb based character who has been transformed into a sticker for smart phone messaging and has participated in fashion shows, while regularly changing her hair colour, including dying it blue, gold, pink and green. "I've always really liked fashion and wearing flashy clothes so, as soon as I had my leg amputated, I started to think that my artificial limb was cool. When it comes to glasses, some people wear simple glasses and some people think that flashy glasses are cool. At the same time, there are people who want to make artificial limbs look flashy. I hope that can become commonplace for everyone who wants them. Drawing a design or picture can also release stress and, then, I go to training excited." (kqoom.base.shop, 21 Mar 2021; sports.nhk.or.jp, 02 Feb 2021)

LEAVING UNIVERSITY
She decided not to continue with her university studies and focus on Para athletics following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I realised that sport is the biggest thing in my life. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I wanted to devote my life to athletics." (1242.com, 21 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2015-10-29 8
Women's 100 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-30 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Women's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2016-09-17 4
Women's 100 m T42 Final Round 2016-09-17 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T42 Final 1 2017-07-16 5
Women's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2017-07-23 2