|Tokyo (Chiba) (JAPAN), 2019-06-15|
When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age six, and took up the sport seriously during the second grade of primary school.
Why this sport? She was influenced by her parents, who both competed in the sport. She would often go to the training venue where her father coached.
Club / Team Seisa Kokusai High School : Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach Koji Emura [club], JPN; Franck Boidin [national], FRA
Hero / Idol Japanese baseball player Shohei Ohtani. (chunichi.co.jp, 01 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The more difficulties you have, the more you need to stay calm." (chunichi.co.jp, 01 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours In 2019 she received the International Award at the Oita Godo Shinbun Sports Awards in Japan. (oita-press.co.jp, 08 Mar 2019)
She was presented with a Rookie Award at the 2018 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Sports Awards. (seisa.ed.jp, 01 Apr 2019)
Milestones She became the first female fencer representing Japan to win individual gold in both the junior and cadet categories at a single edition of world junior championships. She won the individual foil event in both age categories at the 2018 edition of the tournament in Verona, Italy. (sports.yahoo.co.jp, 28 May 2019)
Famous relatives Her parents both competed in fencing, and her father later became a coach. Her brother Yuto represented Japan in fencing at the world junior championships in 2018 and 2019. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jun 2019; chunichi.co.jp, 01 Feb 2019; sanspo.com, 07 Dec 2018)
Ambitions To finish on the podium at the Olympic Games in 2020 and 2024. (sports.yahoo.co.jp, 28 May 2019; chunichi.co.jp, 01 Feb 2019)
Other information MOVE TO SAITAMA
She was coached by her father until she was in grade 10 at high school in Oita Prefecture, Japan. She then moved to Saitama Prefecture by herself in order to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games with Koji Emura, who served as head coach of the Japan national team at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (sports.yahoo.co.jp, 28 May 2019; jiji.com, 27 May 2019)
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