Victor Bratchenya is a multiple World and European Champion among disabled and healthy athletes. This athlete from Belarus is a living embodiment of will, strength and optimism! What motivates him in his passionate desire to share his skills and emotions of the winner with the maximum number of people - in an interview with Anna Mazurenko. ()
When did you start arm wrestling? How did you get into this sport?
I did not plan to go in for armwrestling, but "so the stars came together". Being an eighth-year-old, I came to the gym, located next to the school, in order to become "pumped up." In this gym my brother was engaged in kettlebell lifting and it was also interesting for me to try my hand at it. I think the decisive factor was the armwrestling table there. In a short period of time I started winning with the high school students. My first international tournament was the World Championship in 2001, which was held in the Polish city of Gdynia. There I won a bronze medal among the disabled. To me, a 16-year-old back then, it seemed like it was a total disaster! I came there to get gold - my ambitions were huge!)) Now I understand how lucky I was to win a medal there.
Later on I won the World Championship twice. In 2005 I won “Nemiroff World Cup" in the weight category up to 63 kg. In 2008 in Canada I became the World Champion among the disabled (up to 75 kg), and among healthy athletes (up to 70 kg). During 4 days I had more than 30 matches. I have injured my left elbow back then, and it still bothers me now. I was very tired, physically and morally. After that I could not force myself to go to gym for more then 3 months. Even at the next World Championship in Italy, I took part in a 4-day "super marathon" and finally decided to compete only among the disabled. Now I am absolutely sure that this was the right decision. I want to remain an active athlete for as long as possible.
What has changed in your life since the advent of armwrestling?
In general, my life revolves around the word "sport" - including my education and work. Of course, after every competition the media write about me. And I do my best to get the maximum number of people to know about armwrestling. They invite me to the meetings with kids and young people and of course it always ends with sparring with me). I want to be an example and bring as many young people as possible into sports or simply a healthy lifestyle,.