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Wojciech Makowski

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Family
Wife Magdalena
Residence
Kielce, POL
Occupation
Musician
Languages
English, Polish
Higher education
Management - University of Warsaw: Poland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight in Kielce, Poland, but he did not start training seriously until he was a university student.
Why this sport?
He always wanted to swim because his father and his brother were involved in the sport.
Club / Team
UKS G-8 Bielany: Warsaw, POL
Name of coach
Kacper Rodziewicz [club], POL; Wojciech Seidel [national], POL

General interest

Nicknames
Wojtek (Facebook page, 30 Sep 2020)
Hobbies
Supporting Polish football team Korona Kielce and Polish handball team Vive Kielce. (odjechanestudia.pl, 09 Apr 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S11 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (odjechanestudia.pl, 09 Apr 2019; fithero.pl, 04 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Waldemar Madej. (przegladsportowy.pl, 12 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Polish handball player Karol Bielecki. (odjechanestudia.pl, 09 Apr 2019)
Injuries
He struggled with a shoulder injury following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The injury meant he had to alter his swimming technique during the 2017 season. (Tomasz Batko I Obiad z Mistrzem YouTube channel, 12 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Break the mould." (paralympic.org.pl, 08 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Ambassador of Swietokrzyskie Region during the 2017 Swietokrzyskie Sports Gala. (echodnia.eu, 03 Feb 2018)

In 2016 he was honoured with the Silver Cross of Merit by the president of Poland. (prezydent.pl, 05 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Tomasz Batko I Obiad z Mistrzem YouTube channel, 12 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He was born with a visual condition that led to him becoming legally blind at age six. (uwaga.tvn.pl, 13 Nov 2016)
Other information
MUSICIAN
Prior to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he released a Polish rap song titled 'Czas Igrzysk' ['Time of the Games']. His stage name is W.A.M., and later in 2016 he launched his first album called 'Czego Oczy Nie Widza' ['What Eyes Cannot See']. "Swimming and rap are like oxygen for me. They are my extra reasons to live." (dziendobry.tvn.pl, 06 Oct 2020; przegladsportowy.pl, 12 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-13 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-13 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final 1 2015-07-15 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2015-07-15 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 1 2015-07-16 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final 1 2015-07-16 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-17 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2015-07-17 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2016-09-09 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-12 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-15 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2017-12-07 3