Athlete

Presenting Nomura’s star athlete
TETSUO NISHIZAKI

Profile

Japanese record holder;
lifting 142kg in Men's up to 54kg,
and 138kg in up to 59kg

Nomura hired Para Powerlifter Tetsuo Nishizaki through the Japan Olympic Committee’s
Athlete Navigation System, which matches elite athletes with employers.
We accordingly provide stable work while enabling him to realize his sporting potential.

Official Para Sports
Messenger

Tetsuo completed a speech training program at the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, and speaks about efforts through para sports to materialize an inclusive society.

Main speech focuses

  • The importance of gratitude
  • Building strong bonds between athletes and employers to achieve mutual growth
  • How para sports can help materialize an inclusive society

Why Para Powerlifting is
endlessly fascinating

The program for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic
Games will feature up to 4,400 athletes
competing in 540 medal events in 22 sports.
Powerlifting will encompass 20 medal events,
from men’s up to 49.00 kg through up to
107.00 kg to women’s up to 41.00 kg to up to 86.00 kg.

The attractions of Para Powerlifting

  • It is one of few sports in which Paralympians can best non-disabled athletes (Iran’s Siamand Rahman lifted a record 310 kg)
    It is a sport in which athletes with lower body disabilities can use their upper body strength to attempt record barbell lifts
  • Para Powerlifting became an official event at the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games, with 18 athletes from 10 countries competing in four medal events. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 100 men and 80 women from 60 countries competed in 20 medal events
  • There are no classes by type or degree of disability, and all contests are by weight and gender, although additions may be made to the bodyweights of certain amputee lifters
  • In the Paralympics, an athlete first lifts the barbells off the rack and then lowers and fully presses them upon a start call from the referee. After three lift blocks, the athlete lifting the most weight wins

Message from Tetsuo

After retiring from para athletics, I decided upon Tokyo’s selection in fall 2013 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to take part in Para Powerlifting, which I knew and enjoyed.
What I most like about this sport is that you can compete with anyone, even those without disabilities, and this fosters unity for athletes and supporters alike. It is also great that you get fast results from training.

Tetsuo Nishizaki

Para Powerlifter

Born
April 26, 1977
Birthplace
Tenkawa, Yoshino-gun, Nara Prefecture
Employer
Nomura Co., Ltd.
  • Japanese record holder
  • lifting 142kg in Men’s up to 54kg,
  • and 138kg in up to 59kg

Biography

April 1993 Takes up wrestling after entering high school. Wins high school wrestling contest for Kinki region, finishes eighth in national high school sports competition and eighth in a national athletics meet
April 2001 Spinal cord is injured in a traffic action, loses lower limb functions
February
2003
Starts taking part in athletics
2006 Represents Japan in the 400 meters at the World Para Athletics Championships of the International Paralympic Committee
April 2011 Retires from athletics
September 2013 Returns to competitive sport arena through Para Powerlifting after Tokyo is selected for Tokyo 2020 Games
November 2014 Hired by Nomura through the Japan Olympic Committee’s Athlete Navigation System

Results highlights

2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Kazakhstan 8th in up to 54.00 kg (137.00 kg)
National Para Powerlifting Competition 2 in Kyoto 1st in up to 54.00 kg (lifting a Japanese record of 140.00 kg )
18th Japan Para Powerlifting Championships in Tokyo 8th in up to 54.00 kg (lifting a Japanese record of 137.00 kg)
2018 2018 Asia Para Games in Indonesia 4th in up to 54.00 kg (130.00 kg)
World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships in Kitakyushu 6th in up to 54.00 kg (132.00 kg)
2017 18th Japan Para Powerlifting Championship 1st in up to 59.00 kg (lifting a Japanese record of 138.00 kg)
World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico 11th in up to 54.00 kg (135.00 kg)
8th Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai 3rd in up to 54.00 kg (124.00 kg)
2016 17th Japan Para Powerlifting Championshipp 1st in up to 54.00 kg (127.00 kg)
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Took part in up to 54.00 kg
Para Powerlifting Japan Cup 1st in up to 54.00 kg (lifting a Japanese record of 136.00 kg)
7th Fazza World Para Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai 3rd in up to 54.00 kg (128.00 kg)
2015 West Japan Para Powerlifting Championship 1st in up to 54.00 kg (127.00 kg)
Power Lifting Asia Open Championship in Kazakhstan 6th in up to 54.00 kg (123.00 kg)
16th Japan Para Powerlifting Championship 1st in up to 54.00 kg (lifting a Japanese record of 133.00 kg)

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