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



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

    Paralympics Triumphs
     Athens 2004 Paralympic Games
    Bronze medal
     Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
    7th Place
     London 2012 Paralympic Games
    Gold medal
     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)