As you already know, the chief of the Polish Armwrestling Federation referee panel, Monika Duma, has given up her position and judging as a whole. The reason – chore overload. Luckily, she had a person she could trust her title to. At the FAP congress, this honorable title was given to Judyta Wiercińska. You all know her from national and international events, both amateur and professional. But here – you will learn more. Enjoy! ()
I will start by saying that this girl, who judges the most important world competitions and local events, has a second passion… Something not so many can take pride in. What is it? It’s about scientific achievements in medicine. Achievements as important as human life. It’s not even about the titles, the PhDs. It’s about actions!
PeSzy: Judyta, tell us shortly about your scientist work…
I'm a medical physicist and work in an Oncology Center in the radiotherapy department, where I prepare individual radiation treatment plans for cancer patients. Work like that gives me a wide range of research opportunities, as progress in this field is very fast. So I started my PhD studies in medicine (even though I'm a physicist) looking for a way to improve the precision of adjuvant radiotherapy of tumor bed in breast conserving therapy. We proposed an innovative method of using hyaluronic acid hydrogel to mark the postoperative tumor bed in breast and clearly distinguish their borders in order to improve precision of radiation therapy that has to be focused only on this area. As far as we know, no one had tried such a method before, and my research was later published in a very reputable scientific journal. This was probably the biggest success of my PhD thesis (not only that I've got a title). The most important was that the method was appreciated by the scientific community and that our research has a real chance of being applied in everyday practice.
PeSzy: I’m really impressed! So now, let’s get to armwrestling. How did it start for you?
The first to get into armwrestling was my brother, Grzegorz Lasota. Soon after him I also started training. Then we also got our dad, Paweł Lasota, into it – he used to just cheer from the sidelines. Dad is still an active competitor while we cheer him on. When it comes to my starts, it’s all history, my first tries were 17 years ago. I fought for 4 years, I even reached the Polish Champion title. Then health issues followed and I go into judging so I stuck to it. And ever since then I’ve never been at the table as a competitor.
Referees impressed me ever since I first saw a competition. I found it incredibly interesting so after two years of starts when I already knew something about the sport, I decided to try it out. And just like that, it’s already been 15 years…
I had the opportunity to judge many European and World Championship, professional Vendetta duels, amateur and professional tournaments.