2020HEROES

Head for the world stage! NTT Athletes

Rina NIIJIMA

Sailing

Image: Photograph of rugby footballer Rina NIIJIMA during a match.

Take on the world on my home turf of Enoshima

Thank you all truly for your everyday support. I hope to repay your generosity by competing at the Olympics and challenging the world’s best with my full abilities.
Where I am today is because of all your support, and I will never forget this as I carry out my training activities and maintaining a sense of gratitude.

PROFILE

Image: Facial photograph of Rina NIIJIMA.

Rina NIIJIMA

Event:
 Windsurfing RS:X Class
Date of Birth:
 November 13, 1999
Hometown:
 Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Height:
 166cm
My Favorites:
 Listening to music, sweet potato,
and Matsumae pickles

I began windsurfing in the first grade of elementary school, and after entering junior high school, I competed in multiple international tournaments. In 2014, despite being the youngest competitor at age 14, I placed 7th in the Youth Olympic Games. After entering high school, I switched to RS:X Class, an official Olympic event, and competed at the 2017 Youth World Sailing Championship/Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship as Japan’s representative, where I placed 6th. I am currently competing as an adult.

PURPOSE

Goals for this season

Build up my physical strength and utilize this strength in my windsurfing.

RESULTS

Main achievements

2018
CANCUN NORTH AMERICAN WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4th Place
2017
World Junior Surfing Championship: 10th Place
2017
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships: 6th Place
2008–2013
All-Japan Junior Surfing Championship: Winner over 5 consecutive years