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UEHARA Daisuke
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthKaruizawa, JPN
Height1.45 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Japan
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Health and Welfare Studies - Nagano University: Japan
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2001 in Nagano, Japan.
Why this sport?
There were two ice rinks in his hometown, and he was encouraged to try Para ice hockey by the owner of a wheelchair company who also played the sport.
Club / Team
Tokyo Ice Burns: Japan
Name of coach
Kojin Nakakita [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Örnsköldsvik, SWE
General Interest
Nicknames
King, Daikon (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; Twitter profile, 17 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Mike Doyle. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (hohjinkai.or.jp, 02 Apr 2016; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2014 he established a non-profit organisation called D-SHiPS32 that encourages children with an impairment to participate in sports activities in Japan. "We don't have enough sports facilities and things for children in Japan. I really like working with children and I really want to make sports popular with children. It's important we involve children in sports. We need more for kids with disabilities." (pyeongchang2018.com, 05 Mar 2018; jammin.co.jp, 20 Sep 2017; theborderless.jp, 06 Oct 2016; hohjinkai.or.jp, 02 Apr 2016; COMMONSTV YouTube channel, 05 Oct 2015)

RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from the sport in 2014, but returned to the national team in 2017 in order to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The children he works with in the non-profit organisation D-SHiPS32 encouraged him to make a comeback. "They would say, 'When are you going to play again? We miss seeing you on the ice'. What could I say? I'm back." (pyeongchang2018.com, 05 Mar 2018; sledgejapan.org, 13 Sep 2017; mainichi.jp, 03 Jul 2017; sports-kokoro.jp, 11 Feb 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 Team  
2 2010 Team  
8 2018 Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Event Result
6 2004 Team  
4 2008 Team  
4 2008/2009 Team  
7 2012 Team