Andżelika Stachowiak’s Goals Excessive Forward Of Her Second World Video games

Judoka's face lights up with a joyful smile as she celebrates

Andżelika Stachowiak celebrates as she emerges victorious on the 2019 World Video games in Abu Dhabi.

Photograph by ©Adam Nurkiewicz

Polish judoka Andżelika Stachowiak’s is considerably of a pioneer in Poland.

The 28-year-old from the Wielkopolska-Poznań space began doing judo on the age of 16. On the time, the Poznan Judo Membership the place she trains was solely one among two within the nation which catered for athletes with disabilities.

Coached from the beginning by Dariusz Migdałek, greater than a decade later Stachowiak made historical past on her worldwide debut on the 2019 Particular Olympics World Video games in Abu Dhabi.

Alongside teammate Marcin Liszcz, Stachowiak’s silver medal got here as Particular Olympics Poland competed in judo for the primary time.

“I like throwing my opponents, different judoka. I like that very a lot,” Stachowiak mentioned. “It makes me really feel pleased.”

“Andżelika is a really optimistic girl,” Migdałek, who can also be a bodily schooling trainer, continued. “When she fights, she is pleased.”

Stachowiak’s delight—and experience—in downing her opponents isn’t any accident.

Migdałek believes it’s her twelve years-experience, which implies she will problem for medals:

“It’s why she is so good,” he mentioned.

Berlin Calling

As is the norm amongst judoka, Stachowiak has an in depth relationship along with her coach. The pair take pleasure in a “excellent” relationship, cast over her total athletic profession.

“Generally he must be sort and heat and typically he must be loud and agency,” Stachowiak went on to say. “He has good expertise.”

Judoka's face lights up with a joyful smile as she celebrates with her defeated rival on the mat

Andżelika Stachowiak celebrates following a hard-fought victory on the 2019 World Video games in Abu Dhabi.

Photograph by ©Adam Nurkiewicz

Alongside different members of the Polish workforce, Stachowiak is in her remaining preparations for the 2023 Particular Olympics World Video games in Berlin.

This time she is hoping to go one step additional when she steps onto the mat on the Berlin Messe.

“My goal is the gold medal. I would like very a lot to win. It is rather necessary for me.”

Andżelika Stachowiak

Stachowiak can also be wanting ahead to experiencing the native tradition for the primary time.

“I’ve by no means been to Germany so I’m enthusiastic about that. I wish to see how it’s, the folks and the structure in Berlin.”

Remembering Abu Dhabi

Trying again on her efficiency and expertise in 2019, Stachowiak and her mom remembered the feelings of the day she took her silver medal.

“I used to be very proud. I gave the whole lot I may on the mat. [My final fight] was my most memorable battle. This battle is most memorable as a result of it was probably the most troublesome of the competitors,” Stachowiak mentioned of her gold-medal bout in opposition to Dutch judoka Rosita Ruigrok within the ladies’s division 9.

“It was an excellent expertise. My first time at a giant competitors. I made plenty of pals as a result of I used to be there for 3 weeks. I met plenty of good folks.”

Andżelika Stachowiak

“Judo is a really huge journey in Andżelika’s life”, her mom commented. “She will be able to go to very totally different locations on the earth, plenty of competitions not just for Particular Olympics. Dariusz is essential to Andżelika and the judo neighborhood can also be.”

“I felt very proud and really pleased [in Abu Dhabi]. There have been plenty of feelings, pleasure and love.”

At all times Striving

Earlier than the 2023 World Video games—and in-between her job as a cleaner—Stachowiak will compete on the Polish Nationwide Championships. The ultimate build-up to Berlin 2023 will see her specializing in her pace and reactivity throughout a battle in addition to her favorite a part of the game; throwing.

Then as soon as in Berlin, Stachowiak is not going to solely be counting on her personal abilities when she lastly arrives on the tatami.

She may even be channelling the achievements of a fellow judo pioneer—Poland’s Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medallist Pawel Nastula: “He was one of the best and I wish to be one of the best too,” she mentioned.