Ryuta Suzuki

Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Haruka, daughters Kiko and Mikoto, one son
Residence
Toyohashi, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para snowboard in 2010.
Why this sport?
One of his friends suggested the sport to him.
Club / Team
OLM Digital: Japan
Name of coach
Kenichi Niboshi [national], JPN

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Big White, BC, CAN

General interest

Nicknames
Positive Ryuta (Twitter profile, 24 Oct 2020)
Hobbies
Surfing, reading. (positiveryuta.com, 07 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (ameblo.jp, 03 Dec 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can do anything with a prosthetic leg." (Ameba profile, 14 Jan 2019)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated below the knee after he was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 17. (teampositive.biz, 28 May 2018; centerpole.work, 01 Mar 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He set up Team Positive after his accident in 1999. The organisation supports people with impairments who want to get involved in sporting activities. (hero-x.jp, 22 Jan 2019; teampositive.biz, 28 May 2018)

BUSINESS OWNER
In 2006 he founded a leather craft shop called Positive in Japan. (positive-r.jp, 04 Mar 2019; hicbc.com, 13 Feb 2017; centerpole.work, 01 Mar 2015; Positive Leather Instagram profile, 02 Sep 2020)