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Piotr Kosewicz

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52

Further personal information

Family
Wife Magdalena, one son
Residence
Zawidów, POL
Occupation
Photographer
Languages
English, Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015 after taking an extended break from sport. Prior to that he had competed in Para biathlon and Para cross-country skiing, which he took up in 1994.
Why this sport?
"I was inspired by Robert Jachimowicz, a silver medallist at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I want to show that if someone wants something, then there is no limitation. I also want to encourage people to do sport, because it's healthy."
Club / Team
START Wroclaw : Poland
Name of coach
Malgorzata Niedzwiecka [club], POL

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil, SUI

General interest

Nicknames
Piter (tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Hobbies
Photography. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold in the F52 discus at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany and winning silver at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Apr 2021; tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020; Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fight and don't stop." (tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received a Merit Award from Zgorzelec County Council in Poland in recognition of his sporting achievements. (zgorzelec.naszemiasto.pl, 11 Feb 2019)
Other sports
He represented Poland in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Apr 2021; zgorzelec.naszemiasto.pl, 29 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "It's the only medal missing in my collection." (radiowroclaw.pl, 07 Feb 2021; tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020)
Impairment
At age 14 he was playing with friends when he fell from a height, resulting in quadriplegia. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019; spbierna.pl, 19 Mar 2019)
Other information
WINTER SPORTS
He represented Poland in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2002 and 1998 and believes that experience has helped his career in Para athletics. "I made my mark competing in winter sports at a professional level so knew exactly what elite sport looks like and how you have to behave. My task in discus was to repeat in competition what I was doing in training. I knew that I was good enough technically and that is crucial in discus. You can have the strength of Hercules, but without technique it will not go far." (zgorzelec.info, 04 Sep 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a photographer and has owned a photography studio since 2002. He has also previously worked as a city councillor in Zgorzelec, Poland. (tvp.pl, 19 Feb 2020; zgorzelec.naszemiasto.pl, 30 Aug 2017, 29 Jun 2017)