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HORIE Wataru
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age43
Place of BirthTokyo, JPN
Height1.78 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2012 in Nagano, Japan.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Nagano Thunderbirds: Okaya, JPN
Name of coach
Kojin Nakakita [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Nagano, JPN
General Interest
Nicknames
Hollinois (ameblo.jp/wataru-horie, 10 Nov 2015)
Hobbies
Exercise, good food. (ameblo.jp, 02 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para ice hockey player Eiji Misawa. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para ice hockey player Eiji Misawa. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Defenceman of the Tournament at the 2017 Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Ostersund, Sweden. (paralympic.org, 15 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball at international level, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at national level. (news.infoseek.co.jp, 13 Nov 2014; centerpole-japan.com, 28 Feb 2015; makulab.jp, 05 Sep 2015; ama-izu.co.jp, 02 Mar 2016; seibulions.jp, 23 Aug 2017)
Impairment
In 2000 his left leg was amputated after he was involved in a motorbike accident. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; ama-izu.co.jp, 02 Mar 2016; ameblo.jp/wataru-horie, 02 Mar 2015)
Other information
EDUCATION
He studied for a master's degree in pedagogy at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, United States of America. He returned to Japan and began researching national and international wheelchair basketball programmes for a PhD degree at the Nippon Sport Science University. (seijiyama.jp, 29 Aug 2017; ama-izu.co.jp, 02 Mar 2016)

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