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Samuel Kolek

Athletics | Swimming


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Athlete, Coach
English, Polish
Higher education
Coaching, Sport Studies

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool, England.
Why this sport?
He had trained in athletics when he was younger in Poland. "I have always been interested in sport. Initially I followed my father into this particular sport. My father was a coach of middle-distance runners. First I did high jump and later pole vault." After his accident he was encouraged into Para sports by doctors while undergoing rehabilitation in England.
Club / Team
START Wroclaw: Poland

General interest

Sam, Sami, Samer. (Facebook profile, 24 Jul 2018)
Spending time with his dogs, making rap music, listening music. (Modny Agent channel on YouTube, 03 Nov 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family and friends from his hometown Raciborz, Poland. (Modny Agent channel on YouTube, 03 Nov 2017)
Famous relatives
He competed in athletics at national junior level in long jump and pole vault before his accident. (Modny Agent channel on YouTube, 03 Nov 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and to win a medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (, 22 Jul 2019)
In 2011 he fell from the second floor of a building and suffered a fractured spine, resulting in paralysis from the waist down. (Modny Agent channel on YouTube, 03 Nov 2017)
Other information
Before his accident he had moved to England for work. He met his ex-wife there, and after returning to Poland after their wedding, the accident which resulted in his impairment occurred. After half a year of rehabilitation in Poland, he returned to England. "I could have returned to my old job, but I decided to change something in my life, I wanted to start studying, and to get involve in Para sport." Apart from athletics, he also got involved in wheelchair basketball and coached the sport at Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool, England, while he was undertaking a degree in sport studies. (Modny Agent channel on YouTube, 03 Nov 2017)