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KOTZIAN Monika
Sport Rowing, Para snowboard
NPC Poland   
GenderWomen
Age32
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding as a child.
Why this sport?
She learned about Para snowboard after seeing pictures of riders with impairments while on holiday in the Alps. She sent a message to the Polish Paralympic Committee asking about the sport and was offered a place at a training camp.
Club / Team
START Katowice: Poland
Name of coach
Zuzanna Smykala [national], POL
General Interest
Other sports
She has competed in Para rowing at international level. She placed fifth in the mixed legs, trunks and arms coxed four at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Dec 2021; worldrowing.com, 03 Sep 2015)
Impairment
She does not have a left forearm. (ig24.pl, 23 Aug 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as a medical and education coordinator, and officer director for the Spina Foundation in Poland. The organisation aims to provide social integration and activities for children with impairments. (spina.com.pl, 01 Jan 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall) - Rowing
Rank Year Event Result
Final C 2015 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:50.81
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:01.11
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
1 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired