Man in Wheelchair Succeeds in Solo Paragliding Flight in Japan (News)


Nan'yo, Yamagata Pref., Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—A 67-year-old Japanese man confined to a wheelchair succeeded in a solo paragliding flight on Friday in Nan'yo, Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

Suzuki Katsuyoshi prepares to take off in his wheelchair paraglider in Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture, on November 17, 2017. (© Jiji)

After completing his five-minute journey in the air and landing safely on the ground, Suzuki Katsuyoshi, who lives in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, also northeastern Japan, described the experience as "the best."

"I had been dreaming about successfully paragliding," he added with a big smile on his face.

Born in Ōfunato in Iwate, Suzuki lost both his legs in a road accident when he was five years old.

At the age of 51, Suzuki started swimming after his son became a working adult. Since then, he has tried various sports, including sit skiing, which uses a seat mounted on a ski, and sitting volleyball, in which participants play while sitting down.

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