Japan's grandpa goaltender proves that age is no barrier at the Winter Paralympics
61-year-old Shinobu Fukushima is the oldest ice hockey player at the Winter Paralympics. Suggest the idea of retirement though, and he is quick to laugh it off.
Para-ice hockey is one of the toughest and most popular sports at the Paralympics. Players are clad in helmets and padding to avoid injury in clashes.
Fukushima, who is competing in his fourth Paralympics in Pyeongchang, dismisses any notion that his age is a barrier to playing at the highest level.
He has tried to retire on many occasions. Ageing athletes typically opt for slower-paced Paralympic sports, like wheelchair curling. However, there are only about 30 dedicated para-ice hockey players in Japan, so Fukushima was pulled out of retirement to come to Pyeongchang.
His advancing years have made him a star back home in Japan. Fukushima lost the use of his legs due to a spine injury in a traffic accident. He first tried wheelchair basketball, before later taking up para-ice hockey.