The Polish runner with Down syndrome - Zosia Dzięcioł has just won a gold medal at the European Championships in Tampere (Finland) in the 800-meter race competition. Her 4:07:25 result is also a new European record. This amazing 15-year-old is very versatile, the 800-meter run is not the only discipline in which she took part in this year's European Championships for people with Down syndrome. She also showed her capabilities during the 200, 500 and 1500 meters run, also in the long jump, shot put, discus and javelin. This year 52 athletes and 16 table tennis players joined the competition (teams from 11 countries in total). Other competitors from Poland also did very well and each of them returned to the country with a medal: Ismael Afana (bronze in 1500m run), Zuzanna Szymańska (silver in discus and bronze in javelin), Mikołaj Woźniak (bronze in race at 800 m) and Magdalena Dąbrowska (bronze on the run at 400 m).
The competitors were prepared for many months in an extremely professional manner. Łukasz Głasek - the coach and founder of the ParaSport club, whose pupils are 4 out of 5 players, commented on the start of his players in the Championships: "Our main goal is to create the best conditions for training and development for people with intellectual disabilities, like the professional sport for able-bodied people. Realizing that we have a lot of work to join the world leaders, but looking at the progress we have made, we know that we can afford the highest goals in the international arena. It is a matter of time for our contestants to bring the world championship medals."
Fantastic results of Łukasz Głask team just confirmed his words. Congratulations and we wish you further success!