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WOJNICKI Mateusz
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age30
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Gorzˇw Wielkopolski, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Communications, Journalism - University of Humanities and Economics: Lˇdz, POL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2011 in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland.
Why this sport?
He competed in inter-school and regional athletics competitions prior to his impairment. He took up the sport again as part of his rehabilitation and was introduced to coach Zbigniew Lewkowicz.
Club / Team
START Gorzow Wielkopolski: Poland
Name of coach
Zbigniew Lewkowicz [club], POL
General Interest
Nicknames
Matt (Facebook profile, 16 Dec 2017)
Hobbies
Football. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Zbigniew Lewkowicz. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is impossible." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Impairment
In 2009 he underwent surgery on a brain tumour, which resulted in left side paralysis. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)
Other information
SWITCHING DISCIPLINES
He initially competed in shot put before switching to javelin. "When I competed at inter-school athletics competitions [prior to impairment] I claimed a medal in shot put, therefore it was my first choice and I convinced coach Zbigniew Lewkowicz to let me do this discipline. I even won a medal at the 2014 European Championships. Despite this, coach was convincing me to specialise in javelin throw and finally I have agreed." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 23 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 Javelin Throw F34 22.67
11 2015 Shot Put F34 8.22
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014 Discus Throw F34 17.48
5 2014 Javelin Throw F34 19.14
2 2014 Shot Put F34 7.56
2 2018 Javelin Throw F34 22.08