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Uchu Tomita

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Yokohama, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker, Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Nihon University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three, and took up Para swimming in 2013.
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him to take up the sport in order to improve his health. He competed in swimming in middle school and high school but stopped after he was diagnosed with the illness that affects his vision. He later returned to the sport, initially as a hobby, but decided to focus on it after Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Club / Team
Graduate School of Nippon Sport Science University [NSSU] [JPN] / EY Japan [JPN]:
Name of coach
Yoshihiro Fujimori [NSSU], JPN, from 2017
Training Regime
He trains six days a week, for eight hours a day. He swims about 16 kilometres per day.

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, ballroom dancing. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019; asahi.com, 28 Jan 2020)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para swimmer Takuro Yamada. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para swimmer Takayuki Suzuki. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In 2019 he fractured his left little toe after catching his feet in the lane rope during training. (2020.yahoo.co.jp, 28 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Spend each day without regrets. If you can't manage to do it, you won't be able to reach your goal." (sanspo.com, 13 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Yokohama Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (Instagram profile, 28 Jan 2019)

In 2018 he received the Kanagawa Prefecture Sports Excellence Citation Award in Japan. (pref.kanagawa.jp, 30 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 10 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa that first affected his vision in year 11 at high school. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019; sports-tokyo.info, 27 Mar 2017; Para Do YouTube channel, 08 Feb 2017)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied sports coaching at the Graduate School of Health and Sport Science at Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo, Japan. (sports-news.jp, 07 Sep 2018; sports-kokoro.jp, 12 Jul 2017; sanspo.com, 13 Apr 2019)