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TARABA Wojciech
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthKraków, POL
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Bielsko-Biala, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1998. He took up Para snowboard in 2012.
Why this sport?
He was involved in snowboarding prior to his accident. After his rehabilitation he took up skateboarding and mountain biking, but began to miss snowboarding. He was encouraged to return to the sport by coach Malgorzata Kelm.
Club / Team
AZS AWF Krakow: Poland
Name of coach
Malgorzata Kelm [national], POL
Training Regime
He trains between six and 10 hours per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Poland
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Wojtas, Wojtek, Ras (dziennikpolski24.pl, 01 Sep 2017; start.bielsko.pl, 21 Jan 2014; Facebook page, 13 Dec 2021)
Hobbies
Enduro motorcycle racing, downhill mountain biking, reading. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in snowboard cross at the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Malgorzata Kelm. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian snowboarder Terje Hakonsen. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In March 2021 he sustained injuries to his face and leg during training. (igrzyska-zimowe.tvp.pl, 10 Mar 2021)

He required surgery on his eye socket after crashing in training at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (przegladsportowy.pl, 17 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to enjoy life and have some pleasure in it. So even when the wind blows in my eyes, I try to close them, but keep moving forward." (dziennikpolski24.pl, 27 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was Poland's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (polandbusinessrun.pl, 05 Feb 2020)
Impairment
In 2004 he fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in a snowboarding accident. Four months later, his leg had to be amputated below the knee due to medical malpractice. (tvp.pl, 26 Feb 2014; skimagazyn.pl, 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as an instructor at the 2020 Adaptive Snow Camp in Poland. (polandbusinessrun.pl, 05 Feb 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
11 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:38.87
15 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
17 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:18.69
14 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 58.14
6 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
15 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
12 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
15 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 2:02.17
20 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
19 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:15.18
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
13 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
16 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:12.33
15 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:27.12