July 27, 2015
Saito Kyouka, 14, is a senior junior high school student in the Deaf department of the Prefecture Sakata Special Support School at Sakata-shi in Japan's northeastern region. She broke the international conference dispatch standard record for the women 800m freestyle swimming that the Japan Deaf Swimming Association sets up.
Saito was chosen as a national team member for the 4th World Deaf Swimming Championships, which will be opened in Texas, U.S. for one week from August 16. She is the youngest, and the only junior high school student in the national team.
Since she was a first grader she has kept going to the Sakata swimming club.
There was a send-off ceremony at the school for the deaf on July 23. In front of 103 children and students from preschool through high school, and the teachers, Saito said she would do her best.