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MADZIA Miroslaw
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age40
Height1.98 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11, F11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Skoczow, POL
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2002 in Skoczow, Poland.
Why this sport?
His high school teacher Korneliusz Rakus encouraged him to get involved in the sport. "I took up athletics late. I was too old to run and I had a good physical predisposition for throwing."
Club / Team
IKS Cieszyn: Poland
Name of coach
Jaroslaw Sobczyk [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Poland
General Interest
Nicknames
Mirek (gazetacodzienna.pl, 03 Jul 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F11 discus at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales and representing Poland at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018; Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, Polish motorcycle rider Tomasz Gollob. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018)
Impairment
He lost his sight at age 13. From age four he had no vision in one eye and then he was diagnosed with retinal detachment. He underwent several surgeries, but they did not improve his condition. (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018)
Other information
SWITCHING DISCIPLINES
Ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo he decided to switch his specialism from discus throw to shot put to improve his chances of winning a medal. "I never felt fulfilled after winning my trophies, but I know that winning a Paralympic medal would be the moment when I will feel absolutely happy, it will crown my career, so I will do my best to achieve it." (tvp.pl, 21 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 Discus Throw F11 32.50
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2011 Discus Throw F11 32.39
6 2011 Shot Put F11 10.34
6 2013 Discus Throw F11 34.00
10 2013 Shot Put F11 9.60
4 2015 Discus Throw F11 35.12
4 2017 Discus Throw F11 30.55
10 2019 Shot Put F11 11.09
7 2019 Discus Throw F11 34.27
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Discus Throw F11 35.79
9 2014 Shot Put F12 10.88
6 2016 Discus Throw F11 34.63
5 2018 Discus Throw F11 33.52
3 2018 Shot Put F11 10.82