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SOCHAL Maciej
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthSzczecinek, POL
Height1.80 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion, Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F32
Further Personal Information
Residence
Koszalin, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Marketing, Office Worker
Languages
English, Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003 at age 16 in Koszalin, Poland.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by a coach. "When I found out about Para sport I told my mother about it. It's because of her that I went to the first training session. She convinced me to go there, because I was not sure. However, once I went for the first training I immediately liked the sport."
Club / Team
START Koszalin: Poland
Name of coach
Aleksander Poplawski [club], POL
Training Regime
He trains up to two hours a day, five days per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens, GRE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F32 club throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Injuries
His training was disrupted ahead of the 2017 World Championships in London, England, due injuries to his shoulder and groin. He went on to win a silver medal in the F32 club throw at the event. (gk24.pl, 22 Jul 2017; paralympic.org, 23 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 22 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was presented with the Gold Cross of Merit in Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)

In 2012 he received an award recognising his outstanding achievements in sport from the mayor of Koszalin, Poland. (koszalin.pl, 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (trojmiasto.pl, 20 Jun 2018; przewodnik-katolicki.pl, 30 Mar 2018)
Impairment
Complications occurred while he was undergoing brain tumour surgery in 2000, which resulted in a visual impairment and quadriplegia. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; prestizkoszalin.pl, 08 May 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works in the marketing department for a rehabilitation product and supply company in Koszalin, Poland. (MrMichalPol YouTube channel, 22 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2004 Shot Put F33-34 5.69 
9 2012 Club Throw F31/32/51 29.04
4 2012 Shot Put F32/33 9.18
4 2016 Shot Put F32 8.60
1 2016 Club Throw F32 33.91
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 Shot Put F32/33 8.95
2 2013 Club Throw F31/32/51 36.97
  2015 Shot Put F32  NoM
3 2015 Club Throw F32 32.50
2 2017 Club Throw F32 33.22
4 2017 Shot Put F32 8.86
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 Club Throw F32 29.59
3 2014 Shot Put F32 7.53
1 2016 Club Throw F32 37.19
2 2016 Shot Put F32 8.37
1 2018 Club Throw F32 31.12
1 2018 Shot Put F32 8.22