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ROGALA Ryszard
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Poland   
Place of BirthSieraków, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Two children
Athlete, Councillor
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 1999 at age 24 in Cetniewo, Poland.
Why this sport?
His friend suggested he go to the gym after his accident. He also competed in para-athletics, but he liked powerlifting more. "Sport has been always my passion and saved me from passivity."
Club / Team
START Gorzow Wielkopolski: Poland
Name of coach
Mariusz Oliwa [national], POL
General Interest
Richmond (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, and breaking the European record in 2005. (, 27 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol
Polish mixed martial arts [MMA] fighter Tomasz Czerwinski. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
At the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney he competed with a chest injury. (, 27 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
Awards and honours
In 2014 he was named START Gorzow Wielkopolski's Athlete of the Year. (, 26 Feb 2014)

He was honoured with the Silver Cross Of Merit by the president of Poland in 2008. (, 15 Dec 2008)
In 1995 he fell under a train and lost both his legs. (, 27 Jul 2012;, 03 Nov 2004)
Other information
He is a county councillor in his hometown Miedzychod, Poland. (, 29 Nov 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2000 90kg 195.0
2 2004 90kg 220.0
3 2008 90kg 215.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 90kg 215.0
3 2006 90kg 212.5
8 2014 97kg 196.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2013 97kg 190
4 2015 107kg 196