In many combat sports disciplines (eg. wrestling, fencing), national and international competitions are held separately. Juniors, seniors and masters also compete separately. In armwresting, we start together. "We train and compete together!" says Dominik Zaorski and his dad. ()
It's really important for me that competitors from different countries get to meet their Polish rivals before the France World Championships. Are there any father-son teams within you? Let me know. We were able to see three father-son duos at this year's IFA EURO in Rumia. There would be even four, with Igor and Mikołaj, but Igor couldn't come for obvious reasons. For sure, we will be able to see them together soon - Igor in masters and Mikołaj in juniors. They will take the podium for sure. For now, Mikołaj started on his own and Igor cheered for him from Ukraine.
I will now introduce to you the father-son pairs that competed together at the Rumia torunament. These are, in random order, Podgórscy, Gralaki and Zaorscy.
Podgórscy, as far as I can remember, have been in armwrestling almost since the beginning. Both of them - Wiesław and Mariusz - have dozens of medals from international and national events. What do we know about them? Wiesław is a graduate of Warsaw Physical Education Academy. When he was young, he did classic wrestling, he's great at skiing, owns a small store, is already a grandfather and eagerly teaches his granddaughter skiing. He got into armwrestling when the sport started developing in Poland but before that he had won with some serious opponents multiple times (weighing 70 kg at the time). Simultaneously, Mariusz started entering his first competitions in Poland and got his father into it too. They have been appearing at tournaments together for years, sometimes Mom comes and cheers for them too. Wiesław's specialty is hook duels. Wiesław has a gym at home, small but well-equipped. Many future and present champions have practised there in its cozy four walls.
One cheers for the other, analyzes and scolds or calms down when they need it.