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ROKICKI Janusz
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age44
Place of BirthWisla, POL
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Marta, sons Bartosz, Michal and Jakub
Residence
Cieszyn, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2002 in Cieszyn, Poland.
Why this sport?
He began Para swimming in 2000 but realised he would never be successful at international level. He then tried powerlifting but after winning a number of amateur competitions in shot put, a friend convinced him that he was good enough to take up the sport professionally. "I decided to do sport, because I have always loved competition. Sport gives people like me a chance to leave the house and integrate with other people. Today it's my passion and my way of life."
Club / Team
IKS Cieszyn: Poland
Name of coach
Zbigniew Gryzbon [club], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens, GRE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F57 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Also defeating Russian competitor Alexey Ashapatov for the first time, on his way to claiming gold in the F57/58 shot put at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; katowice.tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Zbigniew Gryzbon. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a shoulder injury. He tore the supraspinatus muscle and ruptured the subscapularis muscle 10 days before competition after falling in his bathroom. He went on to claim a silver medal in the F57 shot put at the Games. He suffered a recurrence of the shoulder injury a year later at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jul 2017; michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016; przegladsportowy.pl, 14 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up, fight until the end." (paralympic.org.pl, 09 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Athlete of the Mountains Region in Poland. (wiadomosci.ox.pl, 10 Jun 2017)

He was honoured with the Gold Cross of Merit in 2016 by the president of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)

In 2013 he received the Silver Cross of Merit. (cieszyn.naszemiasto.pl. 16 Feb 2013)
Other sports
Before taking up Para athletics, he competed in Para swimming and powerlifting at national level. (januszrokicki.pl, 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016; katowice.tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2018)
Impairment
At age 18 he was assaulted and robbed at a train station and then left on the tracks. He was hit by a train, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated. (tvn24.pl, 06 Sep 2012)
Other information
CLUB FOUNDER
In 2017 he founded IKS Cieszyn, a sports club for people with impairments in Poland. He also serves as president of the club and is involved in coaching. (katowice.tvp.pl, 23 Jan 2018)

RIO MEDAL
He injured his shoulder 10 days before his event was due to start at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after falling on his bathroom floor at the Paralympic Village. He was able to compete and went on to claim a silver medal at the Games. "Before I arrived in Rio, my goal was to win gold. But after my accident I prayed that I would be able to compete. I could only do one training session and nothing relieved the pain, but a talk with my sons motivated me. Later, I found a chocolate in my suitcase that one of my sons had hidden there before my departure. It said, 'I believe you can do it'. A small thing, but it gave me strength. It's a miracle that I won the silver medal." (michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016)

MISSION
He is actively involved in promoting Para sport among people with impairments. "When I meet someone with an impairment on the street, I immediately start talking to them and encourage them to start training. I explain that it's a shame to waste life at home. For me, it's the biggest satisfaction to see them go on to win something." (michalpol.blog.pl, 18 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 Shot Put F58 14.19 
10 2004 Discus Throw F58 39.55 
4 2008 Shot Put F57-58 15.29
2 2012 Shot Put F57-58 15.68
2 2016 Shot Put F57 14.26
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 Shot Put F58 14.14
7 2011 Shot Put F57-58 15.17
2 2013 Shot Put F58 14.98
1 2015 Shot Put F57 14.92
12 2015 Discus Throw F57 39.64
3 2017 Shot Put F57 13.76
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Shot Put F57 13.37
2 2014 Discus Throw F57 41.11
2 2016 Discus Throw F57 42.53
1 2016 Shot Put F57 14.72
1 2018 Shot Put F57 13.90