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Joanna Mazur

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Michal Stawicki

Further personal information

Residence
Kraków, POL
Occupation
Athlete, Massage Therapist
Languages
English, Polish
Higher education
Exercise Rehabilitation Studies, Pedagogy - University of Humanities and Economics: Lódz, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2007 in Krakow, Poland.
Why this sport?
She moved to a boarding school for children with visual impairments in Krakow, Poland, where she was inspired by other pupils to take up a sport. "I thought that it was a shame to sit with four walls around me when everyone else was so active and training in something. I had to learn about spatial awareness and suffered many bumps, abrasions and bruises, but I gritted my teeth and started training. My sports teacher noticed my determination and he started to take me to local competitions."
Club / Team
START Tarnow: Poland
Name of coach
Michal Stawicki [personal], POL

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Poland
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T11 200m at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, and gold in the T11 1500m at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017; parasportowcy.pl, 26 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and her guide and coach Michal Stawicki. (Polsat YouTube channel, 07 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Practice makes perfect." (Athlete, 17 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Para Athlete of the Year in Poland. (Polsat YouTube channel, 07 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (glos24.pl, 26 Sep 2018; wp.pl, 06 Apr 2019)
Impairment
She began losing her vision at age seven due to a rare genetic condition. (przegladsportowy.pl, 19 Sep 2016; sport.tvp.pl. 13 Sep 2016)
Other information
GUIDE PARTNERSHIP
She has a strong relationship with her guide and coach Michal Stawicki. "We are a pair, but not only on the track. We spend a lot of time together, we have the passion and common goal, so how could we not become friends? When I'm going somewhere with him I don't need a white cane, because I feel safe next to him. He is my eyes and you trust your eyes. The trust plays a crucial role, because only next to a person who you totally trust can you do everything. He knows my strengths and weaknesses, he knows my capabilities and as a coach during a race he uses that perfectly. The relationship, which combines all these elements, is our greatest advantage." (plejada.pl, 06 May 2019; party.pl, 27 Feb 2019)

DANCING WITH THE STARS
In 2019 she won the Polish edition of the TV show 'Dancing with the Stars'. "When I received the offer to compete I though that it was a joke. Before accepting the offer, I had to analyse it, because I am an athlete and it was less than a year to the world championships, where I would be going to fight for Paralympic qualification. I was very happy, as it was a new challenge for me and an opportunity to try my hand at something new. It was also a chance to show people with impairments that it is important to take new challenges, try new things and discover new passions." (glos24.pl, 22 Feb 2019; onet.pl, 18 May 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 5 2016-09-12 3
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 2 2016-09-12 4
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 2 2016-09-15 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-15 6
Women's 200 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-15 5
Women's 400 m T11 Heat 2 2017-07-16 2
Women's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-17 1
Women's 800 m T11 Heat 1 2017-07-18 2
Women's 400 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-20 3
Women's Long Jump T11 Final 1 2017-07-20 9999
Women's 800 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-22 2