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Pol Makuri Redolad Garcia

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW9

Further personal information

Residence
Igualada, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
Catalan, Spanish
Higher education
Graphic Design - Gaspar Camps Municipal School of Art: Igualada, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing in 1996 at the Tuixent-La Vansa ski resort in Spain. He began competing in 2009.
Why this sport?
His family was involved in the sport. "When I was 15 or 16 I played hockey on an able-bodied team. There came a time when my disability didn't allow me to give it my all and that was when I switched to Para sport. At that time my goal was by no means to compete at world level. However, I ended up meeting an athlete with hemiparesis who told me he was going to the world championships and I said, 'If he can do it, I can too'."
Club / Team
Club d'Esqui Nordic l'Arp [CENA]: Spain

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Norway

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family, and coach Laia Aubert Torrents. (Athlete, 15 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you fight you may lose, but if you do not fight then you have already lost." (Instagram profile, 21 Dec 2020)
Awards and honours
He received a Sports Excellence Award from the municipality of Igualada, Spain, in 2018. (igualada.cat, 23 Nov 2018)
Other sports
He has competed in international skyrunning competitions among able-bodied athletes. He has also taken part in roller skiing competitions at national level in Spain. (canaltaronja.cat, 21 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 29 Jul 2018; polmakuri.com, 15 Jul 2017; regio7.cat, 19 Oct 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 15 Jun 2016)
Impairment
He has congenital hemiparesis, which affects the right side of his body. (anoiadiari.cat, 15 Dec 2014)
Other information
FROM BOLIVIA TO SPAIN
He was born in La Paz, Bolivia, because his parents were living there at the time. At age nine months he and his family relocated to Igualada, Spain. His parents wanted him to have a combined Catalan and Bolivian name. Makuri is the name of a warrior in a Bolivian legend. (canaltaronja.cat, 21 Mar 2018; escolaalbatarrega.wordpress.com, 26 Apr 2013)

COACHING
He has a level one coaching qualification in cross-country skiing, and he has coached in the Para sport section of the Technical and Training Team in Mountain Sports [ETFEM] in Spain. (polmakuri.com, 01 Jun 2020)

BOOK
His life was portrayed in a children's book named 'Mig Adormits' [Half Asleep], which he conceived and designed. The book was written by Oriol Sola and was intended to educate children about hemiparesis. "I wanted to explain my own experiences of when I was a child and how I was able to overcome them, to show everybody that, for me, the paralysis has never been a problem but a challenge, an adventure. The paralysis has given me values that otherwise I may not have." (diarideladiscapacitat.cat, 09 Jun 2016; regio7.cat, 01 Apr 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has also studied for a degree in sport and exercise. (polmakuri.com, 01 Jun 2020)