Competing against able-bodied athletes makes me better: paralympian

With one year to go until the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo kicks off, PolandIN spoke with a table tennis player Dajana Jastrzębska and a high jumper Maciej Lepiato about their beginnings in sports, preparations for the upcoming event in Japan, and plans for the future.

In the opinion of Maciej Lepiato, who has already won two gold Paralympic medals, it is very important to love what you are doing, and that is what keeps him hungry for further successes.

Being an athlete with disabilities does not mean that one cannot compete at the same level with the “able-bodied” contestants. Dajana Jastrzębska states that she would like to keep playing in the regular events as much as she can, because it makes her a better athlete. Her view is shared by Maciej Lepiato, who even won two bronze medals in the Polish Indoor Track and Field Championships in the years 2013 and 2014.

Dajana Jastrzębska points out that more and more athletes with disabilities appear in the media and their successes are becoming more recognised than in the past.

That trend is reflected in the Team100 programme, a joint venture of the Polish National Foundation and the Ministry of Sports and Tourism, aimed at supporting the young and prospective Polish athletes. Both guests of PolandIN are covered by this programme.

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