Alex Kurdecha is a Polish sportsman whose career in armwrestling started not too long ago, but he has already achieved good results. How does Alex live apart from sports? How does a footballer and armwrestler get along in it? ()
Alex Kurdecha is 30 years old. He recalls that for the first time he tried to pull at the school desk, as probably all do. He managed to try to pull at the armwrestling table as a student in his second year at the Polytechnic Institute. Even then, Alex was fond of armwrestling, weightlifting, strongman at the same time, and he also managed to study. For the first time he performed at national level competitions in 2014, at the same time he won the Polish Championship for the first time. After there were other sports hobbies: from swimming to American football, and he returned to arm wrestling in 2017.
Alex, what did you do before armwrestling?
- Before armwrestling there were many other sports. My first sport at school was athletics, I once ran 100 meters in 12.1 seconds and did discus, I was the champion of the region among my peers. I also did shot-putting and everything, like everyone else at that time. Then, perhaps, there was more sport and more competitions and slogans “Faster, higher, stronger”. Of the interesting - set a local record in throwing F1 grenades.
What pushed you to armwrestling?
- Armwrestling, which we then called "fighting on the hands". There is a story: once, while still in school, we were fighting on the hands with the guys, and I was the strongest in the class. One of my schoolmates argued with high school students that I would pull the strongest of them. And here I am fighting a guy who is 3 classes older than me, and the struggle was long, difficult, emotional and interesting, and all my classmates shout and support me, and his friends also support him shouting: “Come on, he's a baby boy! What are you doing, bring him down!” I won a long fight, and I remembered those emotions forever, and when I saw an armwrestling poster in my student years, I remembered my school history and I thought, if I did it then, I can do it now. I went to the competition, and it worked.
Alex is from Ukraine. He studied at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute and in 2008 came to Poland for the aviation conference:
- I really liked Warsaw then. And when I was in senior courses I chose a program for training in the European project on aviation specialties, I saw the Warsaw Polytechnic in the list, I decided that I would go there! It turned out that everything here is very similar to Ukraine, almost the same, and the language too. Many friends, acquaintances, and hobbies appeared; I started to feel at home, so Warsaw became my second home.
You were studying aerospace systems engineering, are you currently working in a specialty, or is your work more related to sports?
- I studied as an engineer-researcher in the direction of “Aerospace Systems” in the specialty “Planes and Helicopters”. My master's degree thesis was “Emergency prevention system at the initial stage of the aircraft stalling” (performed within the research of department), my postgraduate project is the study of tthe assesment model of danger factor occurence of accidents of the UAV and efficiency measures of an emergency situation prevention at the initial stage of the aircraft stalling. Most of my articles and studies are related to flight safety.