Zbigniew Miazek (Poland) - Nominee for the 2018 Foundation Award
Born: 1966, Sport: Canoe Slalom
A lifelong advocate for the sport of Canoe Slalom, Zbigniew Miazek is one of Poland’s most celebrated paddlers and beloved coaches. Currently serving as President of the Krakow Kayak Club (which he founded), he has taken on the responsibility of organizing the 2019 ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships, after Brazil resigned from the organization eight months before the start of competition. Given the current political climate in Poland, Zbigniew is incurring significant financial risk in taking on the organization of the championships.
In the course of his sports career, he represented the Polish National Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; won the national championships five times; and took part in many World and European championships. Upon his retirement, he took over as a coach of the Polish Canoe Slalom Team, winning gold (C2-Mixed) at the World Championships in Rio in 2018 and silver (C2-M) at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
Zbigniew Miazek is the founder of the Krakow Kayak Club and has coached many world champions and Olympians in Canoe Slalom. He is also the director of the Kolna Sports Center and he is responsible for organizing all Canoe Slalom competitions in Krakow, putting Poland on the map as a centre for world-class events including World Championships, World Cups and more.
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