Deaf high school student to challenge Deaflympics in Bulgaria

Kubo is an enthusiastic swimmer for the international convention of the Deaf this summer.

May 30, 2013

Chunichi Shimbun reported that Kubo* Minami* (久保南), 16, a high school junior of the Aichi Prefectural Okazaki School for the Deaf located in Okazaki-shi, was chosen for the national swimming team, which will participate in the Deaflympics in Sophia, Bulgaria.

She, the youngest among the six teammates, is eager to compete at the upcoming convention, saying, "I would like to certainly win a prize, hopefully a medal."

Kubo participated in the swimming race of the Asia-Pacific Deaf Sports Meet held in South Korea last year. A good breaststroker, she won a gold medal with the new national record of 2:51:33 for 200m, and finished second with 36:41 for 50m. Moreover, she won a gold medal for 100m.

Kubo began swimming at the age of 3, moved to the higher-level swimming school when she was a fifth grader, improving swimming.

Although she once wanted to stop swimming because of hard practice, she did not give up. "I would like to become stronger in order to compete at the Deaflympics."

Japanese source:

The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name next.

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