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,