Athletes

Next-generation star of “murderball” Wheelchair Rugby

HASHIMOTO Katsuya

Nickname:Katsuya

i enjoy

The most fun thing is winning matches, of course.

Strong points

“My smile!”

  • Sport
    Wheelchair Rugby
  • DOB
    2002-05-09
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Miharu Town, Fukushima
  • Team
    TOHOKU STORMERS
  • Position/Class
    3.0
  • Results
    ・2018
     Canada Cup 2018 (Canada)
     2nd Place
    ・2018
     GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship (Australia)
     1st Place
    ・2018
     The Mitsui Fudosan Wheelchair Rugby Championships <20th Anniversary
    Tournament>
     6th Place *New Player Award
    ・2019
     Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations (U.K.)
     1st Place
  • Was born with a congenital limb defect, with two fingers on each hand. He was in a wheelchair starting childhood. Had almost no experience with sports until 14 years old, when he began playing wheelchair basketball at the recommendation of his doctor at the physical rehabilitation center where he got his regular check-ups. Six months later, he discovered wheelchair rugby, which was a good fit for his impairment, and decided to switch over, drawn by the full-wheelchair tackles. He began competitive play in January of his second year in middle school, and joined a club team in 2017, the following year. In 2018, he was chosen as a designated player of Japan team, despite only two years of experience in the sport. In June of the same year, he became a member of the Japan national team for the first time, playing in the Canada Cup. And in August of the same year, he played in and experienced victory in the world championships as a 16-year old, the youngest member of the team. His goal for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is to qualify for the Japan national team, and help drive the team to victory. He is currently a second-year at a Fukushima prefectural high school.