a male Para ice hockey player smiles after being presented with an award

Wataru Horie

Para Ice Hockey

Wataru Horie helped Japan qualify for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, where the nation finished eighth.

Horie notably stepped up big when his team needed him the most at the 2017 World Para Ice Hockey Paralympic Winter Games Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden.

Japan had lost a defender due to injury in the first game, and the former wheelchair basketball player stayed on the ice much longer to help Japan successfully qualify for PyeongChang 2018. Horie was named the tournament’s Best Defender, scoring two goals and making five assists. His play throughout the Qualification Tournament showed his value as Japan makes their return to the Paralympic stage after missing out on Sochi 2014.

Horie had his left leg amputated after a motorbike accident in 2000.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Tokyo, JPN
English, Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2012 in Nagano, Japan.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Nagano Thunderbirds: Okaya, JPN
Name of coach
Kojin Nakakita [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Nagano, JPN

General interest

Hollinois (, 10 Nov 2015)
Exercise, good food. (, 02 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para ice hockey player Eiji Misawa. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para ice hockey player Eiji Misawa. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Defenceman of the Tournament at the 2017 Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden. (, 15 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball at international level, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at national level. (, 13 Nov 2014;, 28 Feb 2015;, 05 Sep 2015;, 02 Mar 2016;, 23 Aug 2017)
In 2000 his left leg was amputated after he was involved in a motorbike accident. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018;, 02 Mar 2016;, 02 Mar 2015)
Other information
He studied for a master's degree in pedagogy at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, United States of America. He returned to Japan and began researching national and international wheelchair basketball programmes for a PhD degree at the Nippon Sport Science University. (, 29 Aug 2017;, 02 Mar 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 4
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 2
Mixed Tournament Classification 7-8 2018-03-16 1