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※Ms.Kurahashi transferred to AXE in April 2021
Featuring the brilliance of female athletes in the world
Photos (Main): Tomoya Suzuki, Text: Yu Nagatani, Editor: Yumi Takahashi
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1990.
A wheelchair rugby player
Chosen as the sole female wheelchair athlete representing Japan in 2017, only after starting to play the sport in 2015.
The expectation is high for her play during this year’s Tokyo Paralympics.
※Photo shooting date: October 31, 2019（She transferred to AXE in April 2021）
Kurahashi injured her cervical cord in a trampoline accident when she was in college. During rehabilitation, she thought “I will not give up my past lifestyle” and met wheelchair rugby.
Fascinated by the intensity of what is called murder balls, Kurahashi joined the wheelchair rugby team “BLITZ” in 2015. Two years later, she was elected to the Japanese national team as the only female player.
The biggest attraction of wheelchair rugby for her was that it is the only contact sport in wheelchair competition. Diversity of players was also one of the attractions, with the roles divided according to the degrees of disability in a team of four people, irrespective of gender. Each person understands each other’s abilities, communicates with each other, and contributes one’s best to the team.
Kurahashi is a low pointer, who blocks the opponent’s movement while colliding violently in a competition wheelchair. When asked if she is afraid, she smiles and says “It’s fun, and it’s exciting to overcome challenges.”
Japan impressed the world by being in the top eight at its first ever Rugby World Cup. At the Wheelchair Rugby World Challenge held around the same time, Japan made it in 3rd place. At this year’s Tokyo Paralympics, it is highly expected that they win the first medals since the Rio Paralympics.
She works once a week in the office of the company supporting her, and spends every day training and playing games. “I am grateful to the company for supporting my kind of lifestyle. I am happy when my colleagues come to watch me in the match.”
Kurahashi smiles ear to ear. We asked her about her future goals.
“I’m working hard for the Tokyo Paralympics now. It’d be exciting if more women watch the game and want to play the sport!”