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NIEWIEDZIAL Barbara
Sport Para athletics
NPC Poland   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthNysa, POL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20
Further Personal Information
Family
Two daughters Martyna [2007] and Wiktoria [2003]
Other names
Barbara Bieganowska
Residence
Poland
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 14.
Why this sport?
A coach encouraged her to take up the sport after she won a race at a sports event for children.
Club / Team
MGOKSiR Korfantow: Poland
Name of coach
Mariusz Zabinski [club], POL
Training Regime
She trains seven to eight times a week, running 80-90km per week.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the T20 1500m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2016; port.pl, 16 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mariusz Zabinski. (Korfantow TV YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (sport.pl, 16 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was honoured with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)

She was named the Best Female Athlete at the 2017 International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport [INAS] Awards. (insidethegames.biz, 23 Apr 2017)

In 2001 she was honoured with the Bronze Cross of Merit by the president of Poland. (sejm.gov.pl, 16 Jan 2001)
Other sports
She has competed in able-bodied athletics at national level in Poland. (Korfantow TV YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her daughter Wiktoria Niewiedzial competes in athletics at national junior level. (domtel-sport.pl, 2018; sport.tvp.pl, 30 Jul 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Korfantow TV YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2018; sport.pl, 16 Sep 2016)
Other information
POSTPONING RETIREMENT
Prior to competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she believed it would be her last appearance at the Games. However, the experience caused her to change her mind and continue her career. "Coming to London, I thought it would be the last Paralympic Games in my career. But those great fans gave me so much positive energy that I decided to continue my sports career." (paralympic.org, 09 Mar 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 1500m T20 4:35.26
3 2016 400m T20 58.51
1 2016 1500m T20 4:24.37
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 1500m T20 4:41.78
1 2013 1500m T20 4:40.50
1 2015 1500m T20 4:28.58
1 2015 800m T20 2:22.09
1 2015 400m T20 57.78
1 2017 1500m T20 4:33.82
2 2017 400m T20 59.56
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 1500m T20 4:34.62
1 2016 400m T20 57.98
Final 2018 400m T20 1:01.53
1 2018 800m T20 2:15.79
1 2018 1500m T20 4:43.33