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Faustyna Kotlowska

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F64

Further personal information

Residence
Koscierzyna, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 16 in Koscierzyna, Poland.
Why this sport?
She first became interested in Para athletics after watching the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and took up the sport the following year after coach Leszek Zblewski noticed her during her school sport classes and introduced her to throwing disciplines. "During the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro I was watching [Polish Para athlete] Lukasz Mamcarz competing in the high jump on TV, and I said to my mother that I wanted to jump like him. So I became interested in Para athletics, but my mum was a bit sceptic as she was worried that I would hurt myself."
Club / Team
UKS Olimpijczyk Skorzewo [POL] / START Gorzow Wielkopolski [POL]:
Name of coach
Leszek Zblewski [Olimpijczyk]; Zbigniew Lewkowicz [START], POL

General interest

Nicknames
Fisia (Instagram profile, 07 Jan 2020)
Hobbies
Cars. (Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F64 javelin throw at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany, and bronze in the F64 discus throw and silver in javelin at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (wyborcza.pl, 27 Aug 2018; tvp.pl, 10 Nov 2019; Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I want to be myself, I want to make history by myself. I don't want to follow in anyone else's footsteps, or to model myself on anyone else. I hope that one day I will go down in history." (Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2020 Para Athlete of the Year in Poland at the Polish Sports Personality of the Year Awards. (polsatsport.pl, 09 Jan 2021; Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021)

In December 2020 she received the Golden Spike Award for Para Athlete of the Year from the Polish Athletic Association. (onet.pl, 04 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021)
Impairment
In 2016 she was involved in traffic accident. She underwent several surgeries in the year after the accident as doctors tried to save her left leg, but eventually she decided to have it amputated. (Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021; fakt.pl, 01 Dec 2016)
Other information
SPORT AIDS SELF-ACCEPTANCE
She says that after her accident she initially felt ashamed of her impairment, and would try to hide it with long and loose clothes. She said sport helped her overcome these feelings. "I was very ashamed that I had an impairment. I tried to not make my impairment visible, and I was afraid of rejection. I think that the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany changed my attitude. People congratulated me and didn't treat me as a person with an impairment. Now I am not ashamed anymore that I don't have a leg. I can go out in shorts, I don't hide my impairment anymore. So sport is not only about training for me, it's also about working on yourself, on your character and self-acceptance. It's also about helping others. I know how difficult it is, so I try to motivate others and help them." (natemat.pl, 13 Jan 2021)

DISCUS PREFERENCE
She has competed in discus, shot put and javelin, but says discus has become her preferred event. "After Berlin [2018 European Championships], I was a bit tired of discus, because we trained in it every day and I just stopped liking it. But eventually this changed, maybe because of this bronze medal that I won in Berlin. Now it's my favourite discipline and my best one, so I enjoy it the most, too." (Pelnosprawni, TVP, 16 Jan 2021)