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Poland start 2013 World Championships preparation

Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak's gold at the FIVB SWATCH Junior World Championships was one of the highlights for Poland in 2012
Warsaw, Poland, January 10, 2013 – London Olympians Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel have started training with an eye on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, which will take place from July 1-7 on their home soil in Stare Jablonki. Starting on January 7, Fijalek and Prudel began training with their coach Martin Olejnak in Vienna, Austria.

Fijalek and Prudel made it to the quarterfinal round of the London Olympics in 2012, and finished the 2012 FIVB World Tour ranked 15th, cracking the medal tables at the Berlin Grand Slam with a bronze-medal performance. This year they’ll look to establish a record more like 2011, when the pair finished the Tour in fourth rank and won two silver medals along the way.

Poland’s second team of Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz finished the 2012 FIVB World Tour ranked 24th, a huge jump from 41st in 2011. The young pair (they’re both 23) will look to break through in 2013.

Poland’s top women, Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek, have yet to break into the top 50 rankings. At 22 and 23 years old, however, they still have plenty of potential to improve and add to their gold medal from the 2009 Junior World Championships. Beata Galek and Aneta Gancarczyk are the other two Poland players who will compete at the senior level in 2013. Both are 22 years old.

Polish beach volleyball team representatives have already started preparations for the new season as the country prepares to host the premiere international beach volleyball event of 2013. This is the first time a competition of this scale will be held in Poland, although the Mazury Orlen Grand Slam has become an annual fixture in Stare Jablonki. Fijalek and Prudel will be especially eager to shine, having finished the last edition in 2011 tied for fifth.

On January 20, Polish players will start going to beach volleyball camp in Tenerife. At the moment Poland’s other world-class teams are preparing for the new season at the School of Sports Championship in Lodz.

The Polish players who will compete internationally in each category in 2013 have been identified as the following:

Senior –
Grzegorz Fijalek, Mariusz Prudel, Michal Kadziola, Jakub Szalankiewicz, Jaroslaw Lech, Damian Wojtasik
Players under 23 – Piotr Kantor, Maciej Kosiak, Bartlomiej Kujawiak, Bartosz Losiak, Pawel Pelka, Maciej Rudol
Junior – Adam Andrys, Alex Andryszewski, Michal Bryl, Sebastian Golka, Lukasz Kaczmarek, Sebastian Kaczmarek, Kacper Kujawiak, Adam Manios, Bartlomiej Malec, Adrian Pietrasik, Szymon Szymkowiak, Tomasz Wierzbicki
Youth – Kacper Bakiewicz, Bartosz Biernat, Lukasz Cyran, Tomasz Galuszka, Damian Jakubiuk, Jakub Jetke, Dawid Kania, Maciej Kaszewiak, Dominik Kmiecik, Michal Korycki, Maciej Lewicki, Mateusz Lysikowski, Jakub Macura, Piotr Nowik, Adam Slezak

Senior –
Monika Brzostek, Beata Galek, Aneta Gancarczyk, Kinga Kolosinska
Players under 23 – Renata Bekier, Agnieszka Gruczek, Martyna Kozinska, Agata Oleksy, Daria Paszek, Sylwia Pilarek, Paulina Stasiak, Malgorzata Wlaszczuk
Junior – Karolina Baran, Katarzyna Bareja, Magda Flaszka, Magda Goral, Natalia Gruszczynska, Jagoda Gruszczynska, Katarzyna Kociolek, Paulina Krolikowska, Agata Lewicka, Monika Pietroczuk, Oktawia Rychlica, Barbara Sroka, Dorota Strag, Paulina Sukiennik, Maria Wloch, Aleksandra Wroblewska
Youth – Gabriela Choczewska, Patrycja Jozefowicz, Emilia Kostrzewa, Aleksandra Kwiatkowska, Natalia Latkowska, Klaudia Lapinska, Angelika Molodecka, Angelika Niewinska, Marta Pietroczuk, Agnieszka Saganowska, Kaja Struzyk, Magdalena Stasiak, Aleksandra Stepien, Katarzyna Sulewska, Agata Trybula

With a strong group of young players, including 2012 Junior Men’s World Champions Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak, 2012 Youth Boys’ World Champions Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak, and 2012 Youth Girls’ silver medallists Karolina Baran and Katarzyna Kociolek, the home side has high hopes of giving the local fans plenty to cheer for in 2013 and beyond.

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