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MENDAK Joanna
Sport Para swimming
NPC Poland   
GenderWomen
Age29
Place of BirthSuwalki, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13
Further Personal Information
Residence
Suwalki, POL
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six in Suwalki, Poland.
Why this sport?
Swimming was a part of rehabilitation therapy suggested to her by her doctor for spinal problems she was suffering from.
Club / Team
START Bialystok: Poland
Name of coach
Wojciech Seidel [national], POL
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Argentina
General Interest
Nicknames
Asia (megatiming.pl, 30 Oct 2015 )
Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three Paralympic gold medals. (sport.tvp.pl, 04 Sep 2017)
Injuries
She underwent shoulder surgery in April 2012 and then again for a second time in November 2012. She returned to full fitness in September 2013. (plywacy.com, 18 Dec 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to work hard to make your dreams come true." (megatiming.pl, 30 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Athlete of the Year by Polish newspaper Gazeta Wspolczesna. (start.bialystok.pl, 12 Feb 2015)

She received a special award for her sporting achievements from the Polish Paralympic Committee in 2013. (bialystok.gazeta.pl, 03 Feb 2013)

In 2013 she was honoured with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the president of Poland. Previously, she was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2008. (Facebook page, 31 Aug 2017; paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She was born prematurely which caused her to have no sight in her right eye and limited vision in her left. (plywacy.com, 18 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2004 50m Freestyle S12 29.55
3 2004 100m Freestyle S12 1:04.33
5 2004 100m Backstroke S12 1:18.40
5 2004 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:26.24
1 2004 100m Butterfly S12 1:04.87
4 2004 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:41.15
4 2008 50m Freestyle S12 28.34
3 2008 100m Freestyle S12 1:01.57
7 2008 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:24.54
1 2008 100m Butterfly S12 1:03.34
2 2008 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:32.65
1 2012 100m Butterfly S12 1:06.16
4 2012 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:35.38
4 2012 100m Freestyle S12 1:01.07
5 2012 50m Freestyle S12 28.38
7 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:08.37
5 2016 50m Freestyle S13 28.35
11 2016 100m Freestyle S13 1:03.73 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 50m Freestyle S12 31.29
7 2002 100m Freestyle S12 1:08.24
5 2002 100m Backstroke S12 1:17.43
2 2002 100m Butterfly S12 1:11.44
3 2002 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:42.79
1 2006 50m Freestyle S12 28.82
1 2006 100m Freestyle S12 1:00.83
1 2006 100m Backstroke S12 1:13.74
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:25.27
1 2006 100m Butterfly S12 1:03.78
2 2006 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:39.33
2 2010 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:37.81
10 2010 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:45.87
1 2010 100m Butterfly S12 1:07.53
3 2010 50m Freestyle S12 28.59
8 2010 100m Freestyle S12 1:07.99
8 2010 100m Backstroke S12 1:22.79
5 2013 100m Freestyle S12 1:04.54
4 2013 50m Freestyle S12 29.04
5 2013 100m Backstroke S12 1:18.82
Heats 2013 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:31.83
3 2015 50m Freestyle S13 28.39
8 2015 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:39.88
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S13 1:04.85
3 2015 100m Butterfly S13 1:05.69
4 2017 100m Freestyle S13 1:03.19
2 2017 50m Freestyle S13 28.60
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Butterfly S13 SC 1:05.10
2 2009 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:31.52
3 2009 50m Freestyle S12 28.58
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 200m Individual Medley SM13 2:38.67
2 2014 50m Freestyle S13 27.91
2 2014 100m Freestyle S13 1:01.83
4 2016 100m Butterfly S13 1:06.44
4 2016 50m Freestyle S13 28.62
6 2016 100m Freestyle S13 1:02.96