Masae Komiya

Masae Komiya (小宮 正江, Komiya Masae, born 8 May 1975[4]) is a Japanese goalball player with a congenital visual impairment. She was part of the bronze medal winning Japanese women's team at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.[2] At the 2012 Summer Paralympics she captained the gold medal winning Japanese women's team. After the game she stated "The day [we waited for] finally came. I was so overcome with emotion that I couldn't finish singing the 'Kimigayo' national anthem."[5]

Masae Komiya
Komiya Masae Women's goalball awards 2012 Paralympics (cropped).jpg
Komiya after winning the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Born (1975-05-08) May 8, 1975 (age 46)
Fukuoka Prefecture,[1] Japan
EducationKyushu Sangyo University[2]
Height167 cm (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Weight57 kg (126 lb)[2]
Sport
SportWomen's goalball
Disability classB1[3] (formerly B2[4])

Her impairment was caused by retinitis pigmentosa, which destroyed her vision in both eyes when she was in primary school.[1] She began playing in 2001. Her coach, Naoki Eguro, introduced her to the sport.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "ゴールボール選手 小宮正江プロフィール". C's Athlete (in Japanese). 8 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Komiya Masae". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Goalball Women Quarterfinal Start List" (PDF). 2016 Summer Paralympics. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Goalball Women Gold Medal Match Start List" (PDF). 2012 Summer Paralympics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Japan tops China for goalball gold". The Daily Yomiuri. 9 September 2012. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2020.