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Magdalena Sliwa


Despite being the captain and one of the most experienced players of the Polish women's side, world recognition has not come easily nor immediately to Magdalena Sliwa.

Only at the age of 34 when she led her team to the gold medal at the European Championship and in addition was awarded the Best Setter award for the tournament did fame greet her.

Sliwa began her volleyball activity at the age of 11, in her hometown of Cracow and went on to enjoy a number stints playing league Volleyball in Poland and Italy including helping Stal Bielsko-Biala to regain the crown in Poland. Now she’s a player in the Italian league with Monte Schiavo Jesi.

Magdalena made her debut for the national team in 1990, under the maiden name Szryniawska and gone on to play nearly 250 times for the White and Reds. Sliwa is not only a perfect setter, but also - despite her unimpressive height of 173 cm – very solid at the net.

Some of her teammates humorously use to call her “mum” and in fact she is a mother to a 13-year-old Natalia, who is following her parent’s steps playing volleyball, as well.