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Sakura Koike

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Saitama, JPN
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Sports Science - Daito Bunka University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried the sport in 2005, and took it up competitively while in middle school.
Why this sport?
Her mother encouraged her to get involved in sports, so she began swimming.
Club / Team
Daito Bunka University: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Takumi Uegaki [national], JPN

General interest

Hobbies
Karaoke, watching video clips on the internet, studying English. (paraspoplus.com, 12 Mar 2019; sportiva.shueisha.co.jp, 01 Feb 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four silver medals and one bronze at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. (city.saitama.jp, 01 Feb 2020)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer McKenzie Coan. (paraspoplus.com, 12 Mar 2019; city.saitama.jp, 01 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you enjoy it, you are victorious." (city.saitama.jp, 01 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Japan at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Youth Para Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (news.yahoo.co.jp, 31 Dec 2017)

In 2015 she received a Glory Award at the Saitama Prefecture Sports Awards in Japan. (pref.saitama.lg.jp, 12 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paraspoplus.com, 12 Mar 2019)
Impairment
She sustained a spinal epidural haematoma at age 11 months. (sankei.com, 02 Jan 2017)