Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Economics - Nihon Fukushi University: Japan
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the javelin throw in 2017. He initially played baseball from grade two of primary school as his father was a coach.
Why this sport?
He switched from baseball to Para athletics after starting at Nihon Fukushi University, after he was encouraged to join the team led by coach Toshihito Mitsui, who had seen him at the 2016 Japanese National High School Baseball Championship. "The technique required for throwing a javelin was completely different. In baseball, you release the ball in front of your face, but with javelin, you release it at the back of your ear. The way you thrust your arm when throwing the ball and the way you swing your waist when batting are similar to the throwing motion in javelin, but the rest was totally different, so it was extremely challenging."
Club / Team
Nihon Fukushi University: Japan
Name of coach
Toshihito Mitsui [club], JPN; Koji Kubo [personal], JPN, from 2019
Most influential person in career
Coaches Toshihito Mitsui and Koji Kubo. (n-fukushi.ac.jp, Jul 2020; sportrait-web.com, 15 Jul 2018; n-fukushi.ac.jp, 2018)
In 2018 he suffered an injury to his left elbow. (n-fukushi.ac.jp, Jul 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's not only natural talent that counts, but the effort you put in that leads to growth." (paralympic.org, 06 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Para Athlete of the Year by the Japan Association for University Athletics and Sport [UNIVAS]. (Instagram profile, 07 Apr 2020)
He was an able-bodied baseball player at high school level, and competed at the 2016 Japanese National High School Baseball Championship as part of the Sakai High School team from Tottori prefecture. (Instagram profile, 07 Aug 2019; n-fukushi.ac.jp, 05 Jun 2019; sportrait-web.com, 15 Jul 2018; paralympic.org, 06 Jan 2021)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 07 Aug 2019; n-fukushi.ac.jp, 2018)
The impairment to his right arm is a result of myelitis [spinal cord inflammation] that he sustained at age three. (n-fukushi.ac.jp, 05 Jun 2019)