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Joanna Oleksiuk



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Przemyslaw
Gryfino, POL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 23.
Why this sport?
"Sport was part of my life since I was a child. First I did swimming as a way of rehabilitation. Later it became my great love and passion. I then tried my hand at rowing, but due to my condition I couldn't continue in that sport. One day I met a coach who encouraged me to try athletics."
Club / Team
START Szczecin: Poland
Name of coach
Renata Chilewska [club], POL
Training Regime
She trains twice a day.

General interest

Asia (, 02 Dec 2019)
Running with her husband, kayaking. (Instagram profile, 12 Apr 2021;, 22 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the F33 shot put at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Apr 2021; Rampa Portal YouTube channel, 15 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
Coach Renata Chilewska. (Rampa Portal YouTube channel, 15 May 2020;, 01 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol
Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk and Polish shot put, discus and javelin thrower Renata Chilewska, who has served as her coach. (Rampa Portal YouTube channel, 15 May 2020)
In 2015 she underwent four surgeries on her hip joints. (, 20 Jun 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." (, 01 Jun 2020)
Other sports
She has represented Poland in Para rowing at international level. She competed at the 2011 and 2015 world championships in the Legs, Trunk and Arms Coxed Four mixed teams. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Mar 2020;, 09 Sep 2015)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Rampa Portal YouTube channel, 15 May 2020;, 05 Dec 2018)
She was born with cerebral palsy, which affects all four limbs. (, 20 Jun 2018)
Other information
She finished two centimetres behind the medal positions in the F33 shot put at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and admits that her fourth-placed finish has given her greater motivation. "I'm stronger now. Those two centimetres by which I missed the bronze medal are my constant motivation to work. It was not a failure, it was an experience that is now pushing me forward even harder. The moment when I will surprise myself and others will come soon." (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Apr 2021; Facebook page, 18 Feb 2021)