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Yuki Oya

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52

Further personal information

Residence
Nishinomiya, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2005.
Why this sport?
He had initially played wheelchair basketball for three years before his team was disbanded. He became interested in Para athletics after claiming victory in the 1500m at a competition he attended due to the suggestion of a friend.
Club / Team
Nissei New Creation [NNC]: Osaka, JPN
Name of coach
Tadahiro Oya [brother], JPN, from 2014

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Japan

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother Yoko Oya. (kobe-np.co.jp, 25 Aug 2019; sun-tv.co.jp, 25 Aug 2020)
Injuries
He underwent an operation to remove bacteria from his hip bone after it had become infected in 2014. He returned to competitive action in April 2017. (nikkei.com, 19 Feb 2020; kobe-np.co.jp, 25 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the Hyogo Prefecture Para Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (hyogo-c.ed.jp, 15 Feb 2019, 06 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkei.com, 19 Feb 2020; sun-tv.co.jp, 25 Aug 2020)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of damaging his spinal cord when he fell from an eight-floor building on a construction site where he was working at age 16. Also, while in grade nine of middle school, he had a stroke which resulted in a brain injury. (Kumiko Ameba profile, 26 Mar 2015; nikkei.com, 19 Feb 2020; mainichi.jp, 23 Jan 2020)
Other information
PROMISE WITH MOTHER
In 2011 he withdrew from the national team's selection trial for the 2012 Paralympic Games as his mother Yoko passed away from cancer on the competition day. "My mother would have definitely told me, 'Go to the race and do your best', but at that time I wanted to be with her, so I gave up my dream for the 2012 Paralympics. However, I never forgot that three days before she died my mother said to me, 'Do your best to compete on the global stage'." (Sun TV YouTube channel, 25 Aug 2020)