FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
The Polish women’s national team was founded in
and soon joined the group of world’s top teams
throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, winning a World
Championship silver in 1952 and bronze medals in 1956
and 1962, and two Olympic bronze medals in Tokyo 1964
and Mexico 1968.
Whilst those glory days might be far behind them, more
recently Poland played in their first World Grand Prix in
recording an eighth-place finish – similar to the
one as per last year – which has only been bettered by a
seventh-place finish in 2005 and 2009 and a sixth-place
result in 2007 and 2010.
They also pulled off a huge surprise during the 2003
European Championships in Turkey, knocking over the
hosts in straight sets in the final to claim gold. Although
they lost out on the chance to qualify for the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens, they successfully defended
their European Championship title in 2005. They then
went on to win bronze at the Euros in 2009, having one
year earlier finished eighth at Beijing 2008, Poland’s first
Olympic appearance in 30 years.
A sign of Poland’s continued improvement was their
eighth-place finish at the 2010 World Championships,
their best placing since the 1970s, however recent
coaching changes failed to provide the results expected.
Piotr Makowski’s coaching career
began with the Palac Bydgoszcz
Orlen Liga division women’s club
in 1995, where along with coach
Leszek Piasecki, he took the team
to silver and bronze league medals.
In 2004-05 season ‘Makos’ was
offered the post of coach of the Bydgoszcz club, leading
them to victory at the Polish Cup and silver medal in the
Polish club championship. Taking a brief break between
and 2008, he returned to the position of coach of
the club in April 2008. As assistant coach of the poland
national women’s team, he saw the team through to a
bronze medal at the European Championship in 2009.
He also coached the Delecta Bydgoszcz PlusLiga Division
men’s club. He replaced Alojzy Swiderek as coach of
Poland’s national women’s team in 2013.
Piotr Makowski, Poland’s fourth coach in five years, was
appointed at the helm earlier in 2013 with the aim to
rebuild the national team, ranked 15
in the world,
around new captain Katarzyna Skowronska-Dolata.
Although the 30-year-old, who plays club volleyball in
China, has over 200 caps to her name, it’s the first time
she takes charge for a campaign and she will be relying
on the likes of the experienced Izabela Belcik and Joanna
Kaczor for support.