Athletes

Long-Standing Pride of Japan, Onto Her Fifth Paralympic Games Goalball

KOMIYA Masae

Nickname:

i enjoy

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  • Sport
    Goalball
  • DOB
    1975-05-08
  • Sex
    Female
  • Birth place
    Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
  • Team
    ASO HUMANEY CENTER / Kyushu Nadeshiko
  • Position/Class
    Right
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2018
     Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games (Indonesia)
    1st Place
    ・2019
     2019 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships in CHIBA
    1st Place

    Paralympics Triumphs
    ・2004
     Athens 2004 Paralympic Games
    Bronze medal
    ・2008
     Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
    7th Place
    ・2012
     London 2012 Paralympic Games
    Gold medal
    ・2016
     Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
    5th Place
  • Developed retinitis pigmentosa as a second-year in elementary school. Started working at a company after graduating from Kyushu Sangyo University, but quit after her vision became significantly worse. Was studying at the Fukuoka Visual Impairment Center to get the certification she needed to work in massage therapy—her dream job—when she met Naoki Eguro (who would later lead the Japan national women’s goalball team to their world championship title) and started playing goalball. Her first Paralympic Games was the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Served as captain of the team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, playing a significant role in the team winning the gold medal. Retired from the sport in 2013, but returned in 2016 in order to share her own experiences and knowledge with the next generation. Has qualified for the Japan national team for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which is slated to be her fifth consecutive Paralympic Games. (August 2020)