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MOCHIZUKI Kazuya
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthFujinomiya, JPN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
One son
Residence
Fujinomiya, JPN
Occupation
Public Servant
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Business Studies - Yamanashi Gakuin University: Kofu, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing ice hockey in 2010 with the Nagano Thunderbirds in Okaya, Japan.
Why this sport?
Previously a wheelchair basketball player, he was inspired to switch sports after one of his friends won a silver medal in ice hockey at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Club / Team
Nagano Thunderbirds: Okaya, JPN
Name of coach
Kenji Nobuta [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender
General Interest
Nicknames
Mocchi (Athlete, 30 Dec 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2016 World Championships B-Pool in Tomakomai, Japan, and qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ray Maluta. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Czech Para ice hockey player Michal Vapenka. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He likes to joke in the locker room before a match and prepare at his own pace. (Athlete, 30 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I will." (Athlete, 30 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he carried the Paralympic torch in Mishima, Japan, during the relay ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (at-s.com, 17 Aug 2021)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated following a motorbike accident when he was in grade 12 of high school. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018 nikkansports.com, 16 Feb 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 Team