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.
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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. (seijiyama.jp, 29 Aug 2017; ama-izu.co.jp, 02 Mar 2016)
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