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LIGEZA Damian
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthGorlice, POL
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Residence
Siedliska, POL
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 at the START Tarnow club in Poland.
Why this sport?
"I joined START Tarnow because I wanted to try my hand at sport, and see if I could realise myself through sport. At the beginning I had to constantly work on my physical condition, mostly at the gym. However, I noticed the effect of this work very quickly so I decided not to treat it as fun anymore and do it more professionally."
Club / Team
START Tarnow: Poland
Name of coach
Bartlomiej Tott [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Poland
General Interest
Hobbies
Sport, music, travel. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming national champion in javelin and discus, and placing sixth in the F55 javelin throw at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and seventh at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Michal Haratyk. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He had an umbilical hernia in 2016. (gazetakrakowska.pl, 03 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To win a Paralympic medal. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of accidentally falling off a roof in 2006. (gazetakrakowska.pl, 03 Feb 2017; tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works for a Polish foundation named "Wyjdz z Domu" [Go Out From Home], which aims to help people with impairments become more active. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2019 Shot Put F55 10.80
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 Javelin Throw F55 24.49
8 2018 Shot Put F55 9.25