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Rafal Rocki

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Family
Wife Karolina, daughter Wiktoria
Residence
Elblag, POL
Languages
Polish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2018 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to achieve something in individual sports as I'd been playing wheelchair rugby for more than 10 years."
Club / Team
Atak Elblag: Poland
Name of coach
Krzysztof Wojtaszek [club], POL

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Poland
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Hobbies
Cars, motorcycles, extreme sports. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go ahead like a ram, don't look back. Capture life through moments." (Instagram profile, 2019)
Other sports
He represented Poland in wheelchair rugby at the world championships in 2010 and 2018, and the European championships in 2013, 2017, and 2019. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2019; zkaszub.info, 04 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (portel.pl, 07 Nov 2019)
Impairment
In 1999 he did a somersault on a trampoline while at the beach in Krynica Morska, Poland. He miscalculated the move and broke his spine. His injuries resulted in paralysis of all four limbs. (tvp.pl, 18 Aug 2018; portel.pl, 10 Feb 2003 )
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as an advisor for people who have sustained spinal cord injuries, sharing his knowledge and experiences and helping them to navigate the health care system. (tvp.pl, 18 Aug 2018)