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Karolina Szade

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
RR3

Further personal information

Family
Partner Artur Lukasik
Residence
Lódz, POL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2016 at Fundacja Zlotowianka in Zlotow, Poland.
Why this sport?
"I always thought the bike was reserved for people without impairments, until the moment, for the first time in my life, I felt something that is part of daily life for able-bodied people, freedom. I, a person with cerebral palsy, could run and feel the wind in my hair. My legs were no longer my limitation and finally they did their job and I could run for the first time in my life."
Club / Team
RaceRunning Zlotowianka: Poland
Name of coach
Stanislaw Leszczynski [club], POL

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Poland

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two bronze medals at the 2018 Race Runner's Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark and winning gold in the 800m and silver in the 400m at the 2019 Grand Prix in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The competition was also considered as the Polish championships. (lodz.tvp.pl, 24 Jul 2019; 17 Jul 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I know that if you really want something and you have a bit of luck, then everything is possible." (siepomaga.pl, 11 Aug 2016)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy and athetosis. (fundacjazlotowianka.pl, 20 Mar 2017)