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Damian Ligeza

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Residence
Siedliska, POL
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 at the START Tarnow club in Poland.
Why this sport?
"I joined START Tarnow because I wanted to try my hand at sport, and see if I could fulfil my potential through sport. At the beginning I had to constantly work on my physical condition, mostly at the gym. However, I noticed the effect of this work very quickly so I decided not to treat it as fun anymore and do it more professionally."
Club / Team
START Tarnow: Poland
Name of coach
Bartlomiej Tott [club], POL

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Poland

General interest

Hobbies
Sport, music, travel. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming national champion in javelin and discus, and placing sixth in the F55 javelin at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany and seventh in the F55 shot put at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Apr, 2021; Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Polish shot putter Michal Haratyk. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He was unable to compete at the 2020 Polish national championships due to injury. (rdn.pl, 26 Aug 2020)

He suffered from an umbilical hernia in 2016. (gazetakrakowska.pl, 03 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To win a Paralympic medal. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He fell off a roof in 2006, which resulted in paraplegia. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020; gazetakrakowska.pl, 03 Feb 2017)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works for a Polish charity named Wyjdz z Domu [Leave Your Home], which aims to help people with impairments become more active. (tvp.pl, 04 Mar 2020)