How Do You See Me?

Tomoe Takada
Director, Paralympians Association of Japan

Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil would no doubt bow to Tomoe Takada in respect. When she was just five, retinal pigmentary degeneration rapidly degraded Tomoe’s vision until she could only distinguish light from dark. Later she found her passion—goalball, a sport developed for the visually impaired and played in front of absolutely silent crowds—that became an official Paralympic sport at the 1976 games in Toronto. Tomoe and her teammates took second at the Japan Goalball Championship in 2002 and 2003, and then in 2007 she led them to victory there, becoming the top scorer. One year later, she played on the national team that placed seventh at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Now retired, Tomoe has toured Europe and the United States to popularize the sport. She serves as the director of the Paralympians Association of Japan, and organizes various activities to promote “sports for everyone.”