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Meet Pawel Wojciechowski: 2019 European Champion pole vaulter Special

Posted Mar 31, 2019 by Markos Papadatos
Polish pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski was the 2019 European Indoor Champion in the men's pole vault. He chatted with Digital Journal about his career in the sport and the digital transformation of athletics.
Polish pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski
Polish pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski
Daniel Mitchell
Wojciechowski is drawn to the sport of pole vaulting since one will "never be perfect." "There is always something to improve. This is an everyday challenge where you need to put your body on a higher level," he said. "Another thing is that anybody can be a good pole vaulter since there is no one way or one technique to become a champion."
On his future plans, Wojciechowski shared that he wants to be a top pole vaulter for 10 more years. "I need to be very patient and extremely careful to stay healthy and in shape for a long time," he said.
In his athletic career as a world-class pole vaulter, Wojciechowski is proud of several moments. In particular, these include his 2011 World Championship win in Daegu, South Korea, as well as his gold medal win at the 2019 European Championships in Glasgow. Ironically enough, in both of these competitions, he was able to clear 5.90 meters in the outdoors and indoors track and field respectively. "Any time I am in the Top 3 in international championships is a great feeling," he admitted.
Piotr Lisek  Pawel Wojciechowski and Melker Svärd Jacobsson on the podium.
Piotr Lisek, Pawel Wojciechowski and Melker Svärd Jacobsson on the podium.
Daniel Mitchell
For young and aspiring pole vaulters, Wojciechowski encouraged them to "be patient," as well as to "listen to their coach," and most importantly, "to trust the process."
Wojciechowski feels privileged to be a part of the pole vault community since it is very tight-knit with great camaraderie and sportsmanship among the athletes. "It is always a pleasure to compete against these guys," he said, prior to noting that regardless of the outcome he enjoys a good sports meet with his friends.
Digital transformation of athletics
Regarding the impact of technology in track and field, Wojciechowski acknowledged that it is very helpful, however, he feels that the coach is the best guide. "He knows your strengths and your weaknesses. Technology is great support but I trust the coach the most. I am only the soldier on the field and the coach is the general," he said.
On his use of technology in his daily routine as a pole vaulter, he noted that he has never used GoPro. "We only use iPads for analyzing jumps in practice from time to time," he said, prior to adding that they also use speed and power measurement devices (for takeoff).
"My coach is the decision maker. I trust him and it works," he added.
For his fans and supporters, Wojciechowski concluded, "Thanks a lot for still being with me. I hope you are enjoying it because I will be here to stay for a while. There is still a lot to do."
To learn more about acclaimed Polish pole vaulter Pawel Wojciechowski, follow him on Instagram and on Twitter.