Para Ice Hockey
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Commerce - Aichi Gakuin University: Japan
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first participated in the sport in 2009 in Okaya, Japan.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport and liked it immediately.
Club / Team
Nagano Thunderbirds: Okaya, JPN
Name of coach
Kojin Nakakita [club, national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Maru (Athlete, 28 Dec 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 28 Dec 2012)
Most influential person in career
Coach Kojin Nakakita. (Athlete, 28 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian ice sledge hockey player Rolf Einar Pedersen. (Athlete, 28 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the Kobe City Sports Special Citation award in 2010. (city.kobe.lg.jp, 26 Mar 2010)
He competed nationally in wheelchair basketball until he retired from the sport after graduating from university. (city.kobe.lg.jp, 26 Mar 2010; athleteyell.jp, 14 Feb 2012)
He had his left leg amputated above the knee after a traffic accident at age 18. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010; athleteyell.jp/maruo_tomohiko, 14 Feb 2012)