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SZUMIEC Rafal
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para-Cycling
NPC Poland   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthJaslo, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Fiancee Jadwiga Pociask
Residence
Kraków, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Higher education
University of Law and Administration: Rzeszów, POL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-alpine skiing following his mountain bike accident.
Why this sport?
He and his brother used to go mountain biking together. As Szumiec was recovering from his accident in hospital, his brother told him they would still be able to spend time with each other if they both took up skiing.
Club / Team
IKS Druga Strona Sportu Krakow: Poland
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Poland
Location
Italy
General Interest
Other sports
He has competed in para-cycling competitions and finished first at the 2012 Polish Championships. (jaslo4u.pl, 08 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (dziennikpolski24.pl, 21 Mar 2013)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as a result of a mountain bike accident in 2002. (dziennikpolski24.pl, 21 Mar 2013; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Other information
SPORTS CLUB
He is a co-founder of the sports club Druga Strona Sportu, which is based in Krakow, Poland. The club's aim is to provide facilities for people with an impairment to get involved in sport. (pelnosprawniwsporcie.pl, 04 Apr 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 Team Relay 37:43
15 2014 H3 - Time Trial 32:48
  2014 H3 - Road Race  DNF
5 2015 Team Relay 33:48
15 2015 H3 - Time Trial 36:31
14 2015 H3 - Road Race 1:54:51
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
27 2010 Slalom - Sitting 2:15.20
  2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
  2014 Slalom - Sitting DNF
20 2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:14.44