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26 October 2012 | in NUSF News

Polish University Sports Gala

Awarded athletes


POZNAN - For a few years now Polish University Sports Galas have become a traditional event summing up the achievements of the Polish University Sports Association (AZS), both in the field of high-level and student mass sports.

This time the Gala was hosted by the Poznan University Sports Association and it was staged in an impressive lecture and conference venue of the Poznan University of Technology which was only raised a few years ago on the bank of the Warta River.

The hosts of the event were Prof. Marek Rocki, President of the Polish University Sports Association, Prof. Tomasz Lodygowski, Rector of the Poznan University of Technology and Tomasz Szponder, president of the Poznan University Sports Association.

The guests included: Prof. Marek Ratajczak, Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Jacek Foks, Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Dariusz Jaworski, Deputy Mayor of Poznan, and Grzegorz Ganowicz, Chairman of the Council of the City of Poznan.

The Gala summed up the work of the whole Polish University Sports Association in the last academic year. Over 300 people, representatives of all centres of university sport in Poland could applaud the best of the best, i.e. the heroes of this year’s Olympic Games, University World Championships, European Universities Games and Polish Universities Championship.

Karolina Naja, women’s kayak of AZS AWF Gorzow Wielkopolski club and bronze medalist of the 2012 London Olympic Games was warmly applauded. Unfortunately, Tomasz Majewski of AZS AWF Warszawa club and men’s shot put gold medalist of the London Olympic Games could not join the ceremony in Poznan, but  the coaches of both medalists were present. Marek Zachara, coach of AZS AWF Gorzow Wielkopolski club and Henryk Olszewski, coach of AZS AWF Warszawa club both received the Eugeniusz Piasecki Award (awarded each year to the best coaches from universities).

The Gala was also an occasion to thank the Poznan Olympic medalists associated with the AZS Poznan. A special prize for five Olympic Games participations was awarded to men’s hammer throw Szymon Ziolkowski (gold medalist from the Sydney Games in 2000), while women’s discus throw Zaneta Glanc was honored with the Bronislaw Czech Medal for “Outstanding Sport Achievement”.

Afterwards the stage was given to numerous University World Championships athletes who won 38 medals in the events held so far this year.

Employees sportcenters

The Gala event also gave an opportunity to summarize the 60-year activity of physical education and sport centres operating at Polish universities. On this occasion the Ministry of Sport and Tourism distinguished 30 employees of these centres with “Sport merits” badges.

The third part of the Gala was devoted to summing up the last Polish University Championships in which over 15,000 athletes participated and 175 universities and colleges were classified. The best of them (in general ratings, type of university classification and medal classification) were awarded and the rectors, presidents of AZS clubs and heads of physical education and sport centres appeared on stage to receive the awards. This year, for the fourth time in a row, the University of Warsaw topped the rank. The final ranking includes 30 best results of each university in 41 sport disciplines. Top universities in this classification took part in European Universities Games and won medals there, and for this achievement they were also distinguished during the Poznan Gala.

The best organizer of Polish University Championship was honoured as well. This was KU AZS UE Katowice club for organizing the chess competition. Two individual prizes were awarded to two Poznanians: “The Gold Pen” award for student–journalists to Anna Celmer and the Eugeniusz Pietrasik Scholarship for student-activists to Kacper Czarnota.

The concert of Malgorzata Ostrowska added splendour to the event.


General Classification Polish University Sports Championships (best universities) 2011/2012



1. University of Warsaw


2. AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków


3. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań


4. Warsaw University of Technology


5. Poznań University of Technology


6. Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice


7. The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice


8. The University of Gdańsk


9. Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin


10. Gdańsk University of Technology


11. Łodź University of Technology


12. University of Łodź


13. Jagiellonian University in Kraków


14. Kozminski University in Warsaw


15. Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW


(Source: Tomasz Szponder, member FISU Media & Communication Committee)