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Maori Yui

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB5, SM5

Further personal information

Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming while she was in grade one at primary school, and she started competing when she got to grade five.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as a form of therapy for her lower limbs. "My nursery school teacher and my parents said that I seemed happier in the swimming pool. Not being able to move freely on land, I felt happier in the water because I could float and move just like everyone else. I probably got hooked on swimming because I am able to move any way I wanted to."

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Shibata Yasuhide. (tokyo2020.org, 01 Dec 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In swimming, you use nothing else but your own body. You only have your body to make the best of. No tools, no excuses. That's what makes swimming appealing." (tokyo2020.org, 01 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To compete in the final of her event at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tokyo2020.org, 01 Dec 2020)
Impairment
She was born with Larsen syndrome, a condition that causes stiffness in her joints. (tokyo2020.org, 01 Dec 2020; menet.ed.jp, 17 Oct 2016)