Around Poland on Rollerblades

August 19, 2014
More Than Just a Sport

More Than Just a Sport

Two rollerbladers Roman Konera and Tadeusz Schreiner had a plan to rollerblade almost 2,800 km around Poland. However, only Roman Konera is still attempting the record as Tadeusz Schreiner had to quit the tour near Tomaszów Lubelski. The plan was to rollerblade a total of 2,727 km around Poland; the purpose of “Rollertour 2014″ was to popularise skating and rollerblading in Poland as well as to promote the small towns they planned to visit. Not a small task. The rollerbladers started their tour on 1 August from Międzyrzec Podlaski and on 3 August Roman was already in Oleszyce. In three days he managed to travel 300 km. “I will fight to the end and not give up,” declared Roman Konera before he began. He now plans to complete the tour on 30 August in Międzyrzec Podlaski. No Polish person has ever achieved such a mammoth challenge.
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Another Medal for Poland

August 19, 2014
Yared Shegumo

Yared Shegumo

Yared Shegumo, born in Ethiopia, has won a silver medal for Poland in the marathon during the European Athletics Championships in Zurich. This brings Poland’s medal total to twelve medals. Shegumo ran the marathon in 2 hours and 12 minutes. Daniel Meucci (Italy) won the gold medal with a time of 2:11:08, while Alexei Reunkov (Russia) won bronze (2:12:15). Shegumo was granted Polish citizenship in September 2003. He came to Poland as a teenager in 1999 where he participated in the Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, but did not return with the rest of his team mates. Instead, he decided to stay away from Ethiopia due to the war with Eritrea. Shegumo used to be a 800-metre runner and only started running marathons in 2012. Even though he  had a three-year break, he still managed to win a medal. Henryk Szost (Poznań) did not finish the marathon, even though it was expected that he would win gold. Marcin Chabowski (Szczecinek) was the marathon leader after 30 kilometres with a lead of over one minute, but did not manage to finish the race and needed medical assistance. Błażej Brzeziński (Wrocław) came 43rd (2:25:17).
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Parachutist Dies

July 4, 2014
Deathly Descent

Deathly Descent

The fatal accident took place in Chrcynno, near Nasielsk, not far from Warsaw. A 42-year-old parachutist died and another is injured. The accident happened during a series of training jumps. Six people jumped out of a plane. After successfully maneuvering into position, everyone opened their parachutes. However, two of the parachutists collided during their descent. It is still unclear how or why it happened. According to RMF FM journalist Krzysztof Berenda, both parachutists were experienced members of Warsaw Aeroclub. The 42-year-old man who died was an instructor and had completed 1,500 jumps. The second man had 1,200 jumps under his belt. He is in hospital with serious injuries. Prosecutors and police are currently investigating the accident.
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Warsaw Breaks World Record

July 3, 2014
Rolling to Success

Rolling to Success

Over 4,000 rollerbladers took part in an event organised by Michał Machowski from Polskater. On 19 June, Warsaw Nightskating set a new world record for the largest parade of inline skaters at a single venue. The previous Guinness world record belonged to Paris. Their parade of inline skaters consisted of 1,188 participants who skated on the streets of Paris on 15 June 2008. The new record was achieved thanks to the 4,013 rollerskaters who skated a distance of 20 km together. The route began at Krakowskie Przedmieście and continued along Nowy Świat, Aleje Jerozolimskie, Poniatowski Bridge, Aleja Zieleniecka towards Wał Miedzeszyński and back across Poniatowski Bridge to Krakowskie Przedmieście. “I learned to skate two months ago but I’m doing pretty good now,” said Maciek, who took part in Nightskating for the first time. “My friend sent me an invitation on Facebook, so I came to break the record,” he explains while showing off his skating skills. Bartek learned to skate a year ago and in May took part in Nightskating for the first time. “It’s all about soaking up the cool atmosphere and spending time with friends in an active way, beating the record is less important to me,” he emphasises. Participation in Nightskating is always free. If you are under 18 years of age you must have permission to attend from a parent or guardian. The next event will be held in Warsaw on 10 July.
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Drunken Female Captain

July 2, 2014
MOPR

Mazury Rescue

Mazury Rescue Service (MOPR) lifeguards and policemen from Giżycko had to intervene when a 24-year-old decided to captain a yacht while intoxicated. There were eight people on the yacht when it keeled over just as it was leaving a port in Giżycko. The whole crew fell into the water but luckily no one was hurt. Police officers received information about the incident on Niegocin Lake from MOPR lifeguards and moved to investigate what had happened. After determining the captain was drunk, the female resident of Rybnik will now be charged with captaining a boat while intoxicated.
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Poland Beat Germany

June 14, 2014
Victory is Sweet

Victory is Sweet

Poland beat Germany in the first game of qualifications for the handball World Cup in 2015, at the Ergo Arena in Gdańsk. The second leg will take place on 14 June. After a fierce game, the Polish handball players managed to beat the Germans in a close Qatar 2015 World Cup qualifier 25:24 (9:12). Six seconds before the whistle, Mariusz Jurkiewicz threw the winning goal. However, Poland owes this victory largely to Sławomir Szmal, who was in inspired form in goal. Poland will take their slender lead into the the second leg to be played on Saturday 14 June in Magdeburg, Germany. What is more, Bartłomiej Jaszka and Krzysztof Lijewski, who were not able to play in Gdańsk, could well return after injury.
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Aiming to Please

June 9, 2014
Record Breaker?

Record Breaker?

Ewa Chodakowska takes very good care of her popularity thanks to a variety of media. This includes her Facebook page, her daily spot on the morning magazine programme Dzień Dobry TVN as well as the publication of a new book. Chodakowska is striking while the iron is hot and is also taking the opportunity to promote her husband, who is also a fitness fanatic and personal trainer. If that was not enough, the Polish fitness guru is preparing to break a Guiness record for the largest ever fitness training session. The attempt will take place at the Legia Warszawa stadium. The 32-year-old celebrity is preparing intensively for the challenge so that she can set a new world record with her fans.
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More Events, Fewer People

June 7, 2014
Flop or Not?

Flop or Not?

The sports and music events market is growing rapidly, but this year supply is exceeding demand, according to Puls Biznesu. The season for outdoor holiday events is just getting started with the Orange Warsaw Festival (hopefully!) and Open’er Festival in Gdynia kicking off summer party time for millions of Poles at thousands of events around the country. However, it appears that there are more events  every year than potential participants. “There are far more events this year than during the same period last year, whereas the number of tickets sold is similar but is spread across a greater number of events,” says Marcin Matuszewski, head of eBilet.pl, one of the largest distributors of tickets in Poland. The company estimates that the ticketed events market in Poland is worth more than PLN 0.5 billion, 45% of which is generated by sports events, 35% constitutes music events, while the remaining 20% is made up of other cultural events. Four out of five tickets are sold via the internet. The highest turnover was achieved in Warsaw, almost 40% of the whole industry. Other profitable regions included Lower Silesia, Greater Poland, Pomerania, Silesia and Kraków.
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Kraków Says No to Olympic Games

May 31, 2014
Dream is Over

Dream is Over

The mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski has announced that the city will not be bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The city council will now inform its partners about the results of the referendum which preceded the decision. In the referendum, the people of Kraków voted against the plans to organise the 2022 Games. “We need to complete the work that has already been started as well as sum up the whole project”, said the mayor. He also claimed that according to reliable opinion polls, there were many supporters of the Olympic Games to begin with. According to Majchrowski, “the Kraków 2022 Bid Committee, headed by Jagna Marczułajtis-Walczak, has lost the trust of the people and there was not enough time to rebuild this trust.” Majchrowski stated that the people of Kraków showed in the referendum that the city believes in democracy. He emphasised that Kraków had the highest voter turnout in Poland in the European Parliament elections as well as an impressive turnout in the local referendum. “This proves that the people of Kraków care about their city and that they want to decide about what happens here. It’s just a pity that the results of the referendum shattered Kraków’s and the province’s dreams of realising such an amazing project. The Winter Games could have played an extremely important role in the development of the whole region,” Majchrowski added.
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Wings for Life World Run

May 30, 2014
Wings for Life

Wings for Life

The Wings for Life World Run is an extraordinary run for several reasons. The most important fact is that approximately 50,000 people take part and pay the entry fee in order to fund research on spinal cord problems. The entry fee was considerable as it was PLN 120 in Poland. There was many participants and as many as 1,272 competitors took part in Poznań (the only WFL in Poland). Many were happy that the run began at noon because in Auckland, New Zealand participants had to compete in the middle of the night, with flash-lights on their heads. Also, the weather in Poznań was perfect for runners unlike Taiwan where it was about 26 degrees C or Delhi where the temperature was 40 degrees C.
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