Shimpei Oikawa and Reo Fujimoto
PwC Japan: wheelchair basketball
Shimpei was the assistant coach of Japan's national wheelchair basketball team taking part in the London Paralympic Games. His PwC colleague and fellow player – Reo Fujimoto –joined him to represent Japan at the Games.
Shimpei is living proof that when you work hard and don't give up, anything is possible. The senior associate with PwC's Japan firm battled against cancer as a teenager and lost a limb – but he didn't let this stop him achieving his dreams.
Says Shimpei: "When I was 16 years old, I developed cancer on my knee (Osteosarcoma). The cancer spread to my lungs and I was hospitalised for five years. I almost died; it was a life and death situation. Eventually, my right leg had to be amputated. That's why I got into this great sport of wheelchair basketball.
“The opening ceremony was truly impressive and unforgettable. About 80,000 spectators and members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, watched the show at the Paralympic Stadium. Entering the stadium and waving to such huge crowds left me lost for words. That was a scene that made everything in my life positive.”