Polish Paralympic Committee pays tribute to coach of two-time Turin gold medalist
The Polish Paralympic Committee (PKP) paid tribute to coach Stanisław Ślęzak after his death at the age of 77.
Ślęzak, described as a “prominent activist of the Paralympic movement”, died after battling a long and serious illness.
He was well known for coaching Katarzyna Rogowiec, who won two gold medals in cross-country skiing at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin.
She triumphed in the 5km and 15km standing events and also won silver in the 15km freestyle at Vancouver 2010.
Rogowiec’s gold medals remain the last two titles Poland won at the Paralympic Winter Games.
Ślęzak was the president of the Start Nowy Sącz club and a “tutor” for generations of athletes.
“Athletes remember him as a dedicated coach, trying to include as many people with disabilities as possible in the world of sport, fighting for every potential competitor and convincing him to engage in an activity,” said the PKP.
“He took care of everything – from organizational matters and training to player cheering.
“He will be sorely missed.
“We express our sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of the deceased.”