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PIEKART Katarzyna
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthSiedlce, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Classification
T46, F46
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Daughter Weronika [2009], son Krystian [2014] and third child [2018]
Residence
Siedlce, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Sports Administrator
Languages
Polish
Higher education
Banking, Finance - Kozminski University: Warsaw, POL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got into Para sports in 2000 in Siedlce, Poland.
Why this sport?
She was always interested in sports at school. She started with table tennis and then she took up running after being inspired by her mother. When she came back to training after giving birth to her first child in 2009, she wasn't able to achieve the same results in running as before her pregnancy, so she decided to take up throwing events.
Club / Team
IKS Siedlce: Poland
Name of coach
Winicjusz Nowosielski [club], POL; Aleksander Gryckiewicz [club], POL
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the F46 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sport.pl, 13 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Winicjusz Nowosielski. (natemat.pl, 16 Aug 2014)
Injuries
She competed at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing with an injury. (natemat.pl, 16 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before." (paralympic.org.pl, 09 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Best Athlete of Siedlce, Poland. (zyciesiedlecki.pl, 31 Jan 2017)

She was presented with the Gold Cross of Merit by the president of Poland in 2013 and 2016. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016; spin.siedlce.pl, 08 Feb 2013; sportsiedlce.pl, 08 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (przegladsportowy.pl, 21 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She has paresis in her left arm. (polacyzwerwa.pl, 2013; natemat.pl, 16 Aug 2014)
Other information
TOKYO MOTIVATION
She has increased motivation to win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo following the birth of her third child. "After giving birth to my first child I won my first Paralympic medal [gold], later I had my second child and I won a bronze medal in Rio, so now when I am a mother of three I should win a medal for my third child. It's a big motivation for me, however I know that now I don't have to, I just can." (przegladsportowy.pl, 21 Aug 2018; tvp.pl, 19 Aug 2018)

MATERNITY RETURN
She won a silver medal in the F46 javelin throw at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, six months after giving birth to her third child. "I'm delighted and surprised by this achievement. I started training a month after giving birth. I knew that I'm not in the best shape, but I didn't want to give up." (przegladsportowy.pl, 21 Aug 2018; tvp.pl, 19 Aug 2018)

MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT
She rates her bronze medal in the F46 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as the most valuable medal in her career. "This bronze medal is more valuable to me than the gold I won at London 2012, because it cost me a lot more effort and sacrifices. I didn't have time to rest as I had two children to raise at the same time. It's hard to reconcile the responsibilities of a parent and an elite athlete. I am glad that I took the risk, as this bronze medal is the peak of my dreams." (sport.pl, 13 Sep 2016)

CLUB FOUNDER
In 2015 she co-founded the sports club IKS Siedlce for people with impairments in her hometown of Siedlce, Poland. She is involved in coaching the children at the club. (ig24.pl, 27 Mar 2016; sportsiedlce.pl, 26 Jul 2016; przegladsportowy.pl, 21 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008 Javelin Throw F42-46 29.47
10 2008 100m T46 13.20
11 2008 200m T46 27.25
7 2012 200m T46 27.18 Q
1 2012 Javelin Throw F46 41.15
4 2012 100m T46 13.10
8 2016 Long Jump T47 5.05
Round 1 2016 100m T47 13.36
3 2016 Javelin Throw F46 41.07
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 400m T46 1:04.43
5 2002 800m T46 2:33.72
9 2011 200m T46 27.74
4 2011 Javelin Throw F46 31.91
Semifinal 2013 200m T46  DSQ
7 2013 100m T46 14.04
9 2015 Long Jump T47 5.13
Heats 2015 100m T47 13.30
2 2015 Javelin Throw F46 39.28
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 Javelin Throw F46 32.59
  2018 Long Jump T47  DNS