Sport: Triple Jump
Course: 2nd year in Fashion Management
College: London College of Fashion
Tell us a bit about how you first got involved in your sport?
Athletics run in my veins. Both my parents were athletes and even met while training. I got involved in running first in primary school but actual trainings for me began in secondary school. I got very involved in the athletic environment quickly. I started off running 300m and 400m but after 2 years of training my belonging turned out to be triple jump. My hard work paid off as in my first year of training the discipline I found myself in the 3rd place of the National Polish Championships. I got chosen for the National Athletics Jumpers Team which gave me an opportunity to train with different trainers on athletic camps all over Poland. Since my first triple jump National Championships I have attended and placed in the first 15 each year.
What is a typical week for you?
Now having started studying I am training less than before. However, I am doing my best by attending training 3-4 times a week. A typical week for me means 6 days of training. Every training lasts around 2-3h and each one focuses on different aspects of the athletes' preparation. There are days when the coach focuses the plan to speed, conditioning, technique, jumping or strength. Weekends used to be devoted to competitions. Now, my weekends are the most intense when it comes to training that consist of 2-3h sessions at the venue.
What are your greatest sporting achievements/what are you most proud of?
My biggest achievement is winning the bronze National Championships medal. That was when I felt that the years of my hard work paid off. However, I am most proud of joining and being a member of the National Team for 2 years that was a big learning experience for me as an athlete. Outside of track and field, I have managed to run half-marathon twice which was a special event for my own athletic development.
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