Athletes

The Young Queen of Wheelchair Badminton Badminton

SATOMI Sarina

Nickname:Sarina

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  • Sport
    Badminton
  • DOB
    1998-04-09
  • Sex
    Female
  • Birth place
    Chiba City, Chiba
  • Team
    NTT Urban Development Corporation
  • Position/Class
    WH1
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・Thailand Para-Badminton International 2019 (Thailand)
    Women’s Singles (WH1): 1st Place

    ・Irish Para-Badminton International 2019 (Ireland)
    Women’s Singles (WH1): 1st Place
    Women’s Doubles (WH1-2): 1st Place

    ・2019 TOTAL BFW Para-Badminton World Championships (Switzerland)
    Women’s Singles (WH1): 1st Place
    Women’s Doubles (WH1-2): 3rd Place

    ・China Para-Badminton International 2019 (China)
    Women’s Singles (WH1): 2nd Place

    ・Japan Para-Badminton International 2019 (Tokyo)
    Women’s Singles (WH1): 3rd Place
    Women’s Doubles (WH1-2): 1st Place
  • Was involved in a traffic accident in May 2016, as a third-year in high school, that injured her spinal cord and left her with impairments in both of her legs. Next year, in the spring of 2017, she went to a badminton club led by some of Japan’s top para badminton players and tries wheelchair badminton, partly at her father’s recommendation and partly because she had been on the badminton team in junior high school. After having a lot of fun with wheelchair badminton, she started it first as a hobby. She went to various gyms in the area, hitting shuttles back and forth with her friends, before entering in a tournament as a sort of natural progression to her hobby. Came in 3rd in the Singles event at her debut tournament in August 2017, and 2nd in the Japan Para-Badminton Championships in December of the same year. Formed a doubles team with Yuma Yamazaki, one of Japan’s star badminton players, for the Thailand Para-Badminton International in July 2018—her first overseas tournament—and began seeing herself as a medal contender for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Wins her first championship title at the Para-Badminton World Championships in 2019. In a position to be able to win gold medals in both the Singles and Doubles events at the Tokyo Paralympics.