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PIOTROWSKI Pawel
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthGostyn, POL
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T36, F36
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Marta Piotrowska
Residence
Zdunska Wola, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2000 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Why this sport?
A Para athletics coach encouraged him to try the sport. "I always wanted to be an athlete. When I was a little boy I wanted to play football, but due to my impairment, I couldn't sign for a club. Then, in school for kids with impairments, I met my first coach who encouraged us to take up the sport."
Club / Team
START Wroclaw: Poland
Name of coach
Tomasz Kus [personal], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Assen, NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F36 shot put at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and claiming silver in the F36 javelin throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017; tvp.pl, 08 Jan 2020)
Most influential person in career
His first coach Jacek Ksiazyk. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish Para powerlifter Ryszard Tomaszewski. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In 2018 he suffered a retinal detachment in his left eye. (gostyn24.pl, 22 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Thanks to sport, I became independent. I'm more fit and stronger, even mentally. I have travelled almost the whole world, places which probably I would have never visited if it was not for sport, so I'm happy that I decided to take up sport and that my career was like it was." (gostyn24.pl, 22 Sep 2018; tvp.pl, 08 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Poland at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

In 2008 he was presented with the Gold Cross of Merit by the president of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 18 Dec 2008)
Famous relatives
His wife Marta Piotrowska [nee Langner] has represented Poland in Para athletics. She won gold in the T37 long jump at the European championships in 2012 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Sep 2019; Facebook profile, 03 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tvp.pl, 08 Jan 2020)
Impairment
His limbs are affected by cerebral palsy. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2016)
Other information
SPORT MARRIAGE
He met his wife, Marta Piotrowska [nee Langner], through sport, and the couple married in 2017. "We met at a training camp when she was 15 years old and I was 21. I waited a few years before we started to date and now we are married. I help her and she helps me at the stadium and sometimes during training. We are each other's biggest supporter." (tvp.pl, 08 Jan 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 Shot Put F36 12.12 
4 2004 Discus Throw F36 32.94 
2 2004 Javelin Throw F36/38 37.14 
2 2008 Javelin Throw F35-36 42.88
8 2008 Discus Throw F35-36 31.75
3 2008 Shot Put F35-36 13.03
4 2012 Discus Throw F35/36 37.59
5 2016 Shot Put F36 13.34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 Shot Put F36 12.77
1 2006 Discus Throw F36 34.52
4 2006 Javelin Throw F35-36/38 35.43
1 2011 Javelin Throw F35-36 42.20
1 2011 Shot Put F35-36 13.77
1 2011 Discus Throw F35/36 38.65
4 2013 Discus Throw F35/36 38.40
3 2013 Shot Put F36 12.91
4 2015 Shot Put F36 13.36
10 2015 Long Jump T36 4.17
4 2017 Shot Put F36 12.99
8 2019 Shot Put F36 12.50
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Shot Put F36 13.16
6 2014 Long Jump T36 4.00
3 2016 Shot Put F36 13.42
3 2018 Shot Put F36 12.75