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SIMICEK Marek
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderMen
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Prostejov, CZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para sports at a rehabilitation centre for the visually impaired in Levoca, Slovakia. "I stayed there for 10 months, where I learned various skills, such as walking with a white cane, reading Braille and more. I also got into sports there."
Why this sport?
He had always liked sports and decided to pursue Para sports while at a rehabilitation centre in Levoca, Slovakia. "An athletics competition was about to take place [at the rehabilitation centre]. The boys made times that were no worse or better than what I ran in school. So why not start training? Then I was immediately invited to a half-marathon event in Orava. I ran there, but then I couldn't walk for a week. My legs were full of blisters. Fortunately, nothing discouraged me from further sports. I have spent a lot of time practising sports. I ride the bike, run and also play chess. But what I like the most is cross-country skiing, an outdoor sport that is rich in experiences. In addition, it has one beautiful side, sometimes you get along the hills nicely and thus relax. In this sport, almost all the muscles we have in the body are really involved."
General Interest
Other sports
He has competed in marathon events and shooting Para sport in Czech Republic. (sport-nevidomych.cz, 03 Feb 2020; starty.cz, 30 Mar 2018; ironpeople.cz, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
His visual impairment resulted from injuries he sustained in a chemical explosion injuries at age 21. "As a child, I was a normal village boy, I went to a regular school. Well, at 21, I was playing with a chemical that exploded. In a second, my whole life changed. Immediate loss of vision, injured hands and various other scars were all over my body. First I went to a hospital in Prerov, and then a failed operation in Prague. My physician professor Karel then told me, 'The operation failed, you will have to learn to orient yourself by touch.' I learned to walk with a white cane and then I went to a rehabilitation centre for the visually impaired in Levoca, Slovakia." (starty.cz, 30 Mar 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as chairman of the United Organisation of the Visually Impaired [SONS] in Prerov, Czech Republic. He has also served as committee member of Jeden na Jednoho [One on One], a Czech non-profit dedicated for visually impaired sports. (1na1.cz, 13 Sep 2020; starty.cz, 30 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.