Heading towards the Tokyo 2020 Games, I want to demonstrate my enthusiasm as an ANA athlete through my swimming, and I hope that you will support me on this journey!
I visit a Shinto shrine to make a wish.
I also try my best to visit a shrine after my matches to offer my thanks.
This became a ritual of mine after I attended a festival in my hometown at the age of 5. While there, I visited the Shinto shrine and offered my thanks.
My results improved greatly after I started making these shrine visits and so I have been making them for good luck ever since.
I love all kinds of sports and prefer to play them rather than watch.
In 2018, I gave a triathlon a shot. It was really hard but great fun, and offered a different kind of enjoyment to competitive swimming.
When playing non-competitive sports, I often tell myself that it will help me to become a better swimmer.
Unlike competitive swimming, triathlons require you to use a lot of leg muscle and so I believe participating in them will improve my swimming ability and help me to overcome my weaknesses.
I would like to try out other sports as well going forward.
It has to be "challenge"!
I always keep this word close to my heart as it embodies a spirit that an athlete must never relinquish in their career.
Grand slam 26 wins (Men’s singles)
Even though 2020 will mark my fifth time to participate in the Paralympic Games, the pressure I feel for the Tokyo 2020 Games is unlike anything I have felt before. Every shot will count. I want to deliver excellent results in all events leading up to the games so that I am prepared both physically and mentally for this challenge.
Making Japan my stage, I will perform to the very best of my ability so that I can showcase what can really be achieved with a wheelchair. Nothing would make me happier than having you see this for yourselves and become wheelchair tennis fans.
I listen to Mr.Children (a Japanese pop rock band) when coming out onto the court. I used to do other things such as eating curry as soon as I got to the airport or trying to always wear red pants for my matches (laughs)! However, I often didn't have time to get my curry fill, and it was from this time that I also decided to ditch the red pants. The only pre-match ritual I have left now is listening to Mr.Children songs.
I play basketball to wind down, and I often play on my days off after coming home from tournaments.
- I bounce the ball on the ground twice before the first serve and four times before the second serve.
- In the 90 seconds of changing ends, I drink a sports drink and eat a banana.