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NISHIYAMA Rei Name NISHIYAMA Rei
NOC JPN - Japan Japan Date of Birth 08 MAR 1984
Residence Gender Female
Height 166 cm Weight 62 kg
Discipline Softball

Softball

BiographiesResult
Start Date Start Time Event Results Score Opponent
02 OCT 2014 14 : 30 Women's Grand Final - Game 19 Win 6 - 0 TPE - Chinese Taipei TPE
01 OCT 2014 10 : 00 Women's Semifinal - Game 16 Win 6 - 1 TPE - Chinese Taipei TPE
30 SEP 2014 09 : 00 Women's Preliminary Round - Game 13 Win 4 - 1 CHN - China CHN
29 SEP 2014 14 : 00 Women's Preliminary Round - Game 11 Win 8 - 0 KOR - Korea, Republic of KOR
28 SEP 2014 14 : 00 Women's Preliminary Round - Game 7 Win 7 - 0 TPE - Chinese Taipei TPE
27 SEP 2014 16 : 30 Women's Preliminary Round - Game 4 Win 10 - 2 PHI - Philippines PHI
27 SEP 2014 09 : 00 Women's Preliminary Round - Game 1 Win 10 - 0 THA - Thailand THA

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Asian Games
1Women2010Guangzhou, CHN
1Women2006Doha, QAT
Olympic Games
1Women2008Beijing, CHN
World Championship
1Women2014Haarlem, NED
1Women2012Whitehorse, YT, CAN
2Women2010Caracas, VEN
2Women2006Beijing, CHN

Detailed Information

Biography
Nickname Nishi, Rei-chan (Athlete, 27 Sep 2006)
Hobbies Watching basketball, badminton and handball, bathing, cleaning. (hitachi.co.jp, 19 Aug 2014)
Occupation Athlete, Office Worker
Languages Spoken Japanese
Club Hitachi Software, Yokohama, JPN
Coach Minoru Isono [club], JPN; Reika Utsugi [national], JPN (softball.or.jp, 23 Jun 2014; hitachi.co.jp, 19 Aug 2014)
Position / Style Infield (softball.or.jp, 23 Jun 2014)
Plays Bats left, throws right (softball.or.jp, 23 Jun 2014)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She began playing softball at age 13. (hitachi.co.jp, 08 May 2008)

Reason for taking up this sport
She had to give up playing basketball because of a serious heart defect. She took up softball instead because it was not as hard on her body. (hochi.yomiuri.co.jp, 08 May 2008)

Ambitions
To be the best softball player in Japan. (hitachi.co.jp, 19 Aug 2014

Hero
Japanese softball player Emi Naito. (Athlete, 27 Sep 2006)

Awards
She received Yokosuka City Sports Award in 2012. (yuto.net, 10 Aug 2012)

She received Yokosuka CIty Sports Honour's Award in 2008. (yokosuka.keizai.biz, 24 Feb 2009)

She was named in the Japan League's Team of the Season in 2004 and 2005. (Japan Softball Association, 08 Aug 2006)

General
HEART CONDITION
She was born with a congenital heart condition and was warned by doctors that her life would be at risk if she continued to play basketball when she moved to junior high school. She stopped playing and took up softball instead but still could not realise her full potential because of her condition. Using Japan's softball team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as her inspiration, she persuaded her parents to allow her complicated surgery to try and correct the problem and give her potential career as a top sportswoman a chance. She published the online book "Rei Nishiyama's Olympics: Living as a patient" in March 2012 and hopes that her story will influence other people suffering from similar conditions. "I want to give courage and an aim in life for children who are suffering from illness by playing at the Olympics Games.". (hochi.yomiuri.co.jp, 08 May 2008; astand.asahi.com, 26 Mar 2012)

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