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MAKOWSKI Wojciech Artur
Sport Para swimming
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthKielce, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Magda Rogula
Residence
Kielce, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Musician
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Management - University of Warsaw: Poland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in Kielce, Poland at age eight, but did not start training seriously until he was a university student.
Why this sport?
He always wanted to swim because his father and brother were involved in the sport.
Club / Team
IKS AWF Warszawa: Poland
Name of coach
Waldemar Madej [club], POL; Wojciech Seidel [national], POL
Training Regime
He trains twice a day.
General Interest
Nicknames
Wojtek (Facebook page, 10 Jul 2018)
Hobbies
Supporting Polish football team Korona Kielce and Polish handball team Vive Kielce. (ezachodnia.eu, 07 Sep 2014; przegladsportowy.pl, 12 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S11 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (przegladsportowy.pl, 12 Sep 2016; 23 May 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Waldemar Madej. (przegladsportowy.pl, 12 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Polish handball player Karol Bielecki. (paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Break the mould." (paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Ambassador of Swietokrzyskie Region during the 2017 Swietokrzyskie Sports Gala. (echodnia.eu, 03 Feb 2018)

In 2016 he was honoured with Silver Cross of Merit by the President of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (uwaga.tvn.pl, 13 Nov 2016)
Impairment
He was born with a visual condition which led to him becoming legally blind at age six. (uwaga.tvn.pl, 13 Nov 2016)
Other information
MUSICIAN
Prior to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he released a Polish rap song titled 'Czas Igrzysk' ['Time of the Games']. "Swimming and rap are like oxygen for me. They are my extra reasons to live." Later in 2016 he launched his first album titled 'Czego Oczy Nie Widza' ['What Eyes Cannot See']. His artistic nickname is W.A.M. (przegladsportowy.pl, 12 Sep 2016)

BREAK
He had a five-year break from sport from 2008 to 2013 while attending high school, as he wanted to focus on his studies. He returned to training in 2013 as a student at the University of Warsaw, where he was noticed by coaches who persuaded him to start competing at the national championships for athletes with impairments. (megatiming.pl, 07 Jul 2015; ezachodnia.eu, 07 Sep 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:08.28
12 2016 50m Freestyle S11 27.93 
7 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:01.74
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 100m Freestyle S11 1:03.38
3 2015 100m Backstroke S11 1:11.83
7 2015 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:43.14
8 2015 50m Freestyle S11 28.68
2 2017 100m Freestyle S11 1:02.79
1 2017 100m Backstroke S11 1:12.03
3 2017 50m Freestyle S11 27.75
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 100m Backstroke S11 1:16.64
4 2014 50m Freestyle S11 28.12
3 2014 100m Freestyle S11 1:04.24
1 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:09.01
6 2016 50m Freestyle S11 28.38
5 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:03.13
3 2018 50m Freestyle S11 27.97
2 2018 100m Backstroke S11 1:11.00
2 2018 100m Freestyle S11 1:01.29