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Barbara Bieganowska

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20

Further personal information

Family
Two daughters Martyna [2007] and Wiktoria [2003]
Other names
Barbara Niewiedzial
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
LUKS MGOKSiR Korfantow: Poland
Name of coach
Mariusz Zabinski [club], POL

General interest

Nicknames
Golden Basia [in recognition of winning a gold medal at each edition of the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2012 and 2016]. (SportsDeskOnline 16 Apr 2021; paralympic.org.pl, 14 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the T20 1500m gold medal and T20 400m bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sport.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 Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability [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. (worldathletics.org, 25 Feb 2020; Korfantow TV YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her daughters Wiktoria and Martyna Niewiedzial have competed in athletics at national junior level. (lekkoatletykadlakazdego.pl, 30 Jun 2019; domtel-sport.pl, 01 Jun 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)
Other information
EARLY STRUGGLES
She believes sport enhanced her future prospects when she encountered learning difficulties at school. "I had a lot of problems with learning. I could not remember many things, I could not focus. Even now I have problems filling in some papers and forms. I am not always able to understand the meaning of some phrases. Sport gave me a better future." (paralympic.org.pl, 14 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 2011-01-28 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-24 1
Women's 800 m T20 Heat 1 2015-10-26 1
Women's 800 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-28 1
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2015-10-29 1
Women's 400 m T20 Final 1 2015-10-30 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2016-09-12 3
Women's 400 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Women's 1500 m T20 Final Round 2016-09-16 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T20 Final 1 2017-07-17 1
Women's 400 m T20 Heat 2 2017-07-17 2
Women's 400 m T20 Final 1 2017-07-18 2