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KOSEWICZ Piotr
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age46
Place of BirthLuban, POL
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Magdalena, one son
Residence
Poland
Occupation
Photographer
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 after taking an extended break from sport. Prior to that he had competed in Para Nordic skiing, which he took up in 1994.
Why this sport?
"I was inspired by Robert Jachimowicz, silver medallist of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I want to show that if someone wants something, then there is no limitation. I also want to encourage people to do sport, because it's healthy."
Club / Team
START Wroclaw: Poland
Name of coach
Malgorzata Niedzwiecka [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI
General Interest
Nicknames
Piter (tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Hobbies
Photography. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold in the F52 discus throw at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and winning silver at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fight and don't stop." (tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Other sports
He represented Poland in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 1998 and 2002. (zgorzelec.naszemiasto.pl, 29 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Impairment
In 1988 at age 14 he was playing with friends when he fell from a great height, resulting in quadriplegia. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; spbierna.pl, 19 Mar 2019)
Other information
WINTER SPORTS EXPERIENCE
He represented Poland in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in both 1998 and 2002, and he believes this experience helped has helped him with his career in athletics. "My time in ski sports, where for eight years I competed at professional level, made a mark, I know exactly what [elite] sport looks like and how you have to behave. My task was to repeat what I was doing during training. I knew that I was perfectly technically prepared and in discus throw that is crucial. You can have the strength of Hercules, but without technique the disc will not go." (zgorzelec.info, 04 Sep 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a photographer and has owned a photography studio since 2002. He has also previously worked as a city councillor in Zgorzelec, Poland. (zgorzelec.naszemiasto.pl, 30 Aug 2017, 29 Jun 2017; tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2019 Discus Throw F52 20.58
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
8 1998 7.5km Individual - Sitting LW10 52:47.4
23 2002 7.5km Individual - Sitting 35:58.6
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 1998 5km - Sitting LW10 29:22.9
7 1998 10km - Sitting LW10 1:01:45.2
6 1998 3 x 2.5km Relay LW10-12 39:26.3
7 2002 5km - Sitting LW10 22:16.1
7 2002 10km - Sitting LW10 50:22.1
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Discus Throw F52 20.20