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KUCHARCZYK Karolina
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthRawicz, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
F20
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Kacper [2017]
Residence
Rawicz, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 13.
Why this sport?
She had always enjoyed sports growing up.
Club / Team
MUKS Kadet Rawicz: Poland
Name of coach
Zbigniew Lewkowicz [national], POL; Boguslaw Jusiak [personal], POL
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T20 long jump at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (wtkplay.pl, 21 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her family. ('Olympians' movie, niepelnosprawni.pl, 19 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She has twice been awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by the president of Poland, in 2013 and 2016. (prezydent.pl, 07 Feb 2013; 05 Oct 2016)
Other sports
She has competed in 100m hurdles with able-bodied athletes. (poznan.sport.pl, 02 Sep 2012; gloswielkopolski.pl, 20 Oct 2012)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (rp.pl, 03 Oct 2016; wtkplay.pl, 21 Dec 2016)
Other information
PERSONAL LOSS
A few days after she returned to Poland following her gold medal win at the 2015 World Championships in Qatar, her grandmother passed away. During the last visit in hospital she promised her grandmother that she would win a medal for her at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She fulfilled the promise, but while she was in Brazil her grandfather died from a heart attack. "It's my personal tragedy, a day after winning a medal, my grandfather passed away, so I couldn't be happy about this medal. Fortunately, my grandpa saw my performance, he even recorded it as well as the opening ceremony for me, he just did not have time to see the closing ceremony. The medal from Rio is for him, and the gold from Qatar was for grandma." (rp.pl, 03 Oct 2016; wtkplay.pl, 21 Dec 2016; przegladsportowy.pl, 15 Sep 2016)

DOCUMENTARY
She is featured in the Polish documentary film 'Olympians', directed by Jerzy Jarnas, which focuses on Polish Para athletes. (niepelnosprawni.pl, 19 Jan 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 Long Jump F20 6.00
2 2016 Long Jump T20 5.55
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Long Jump F20 5.00
1 2013 Long Jump T20 6.09
1 2015 Long Jump T20 5.67
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Long Jump T20 5.87
1 2018 Long Jump T20 6.14