• Witold Bańka

    Born on 3 October 1984 in Tychy. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia in Katowice with a degree in political science. As an athlete, he was many times a member of the Polish national team in the 400m race. He was twice a silver medallist in the Polish Athletics Junior Championships in 2005 and 2006; a gold medallist in 4x400 metre relay in the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships in Erfurt; a gold and silver medallist in the Summer Universiade in Bangkok (2007) and Belgrade (2009), respectively. In 2007 he won a bronze medal in the World Athletics Championships in Osaka. In 2008 he received the Mayor of Tychy’s award for merit in sport and culture. In 2009, he was the youngest ever delegate to the reporting and electoral assembly of the Polish Athletics Association, where he represented the Silesian Athletics Association.

    In 2012 he officially ended his sports career. He became active in the public relations sector and delivered training courses in media relations and image management; he cooperated with leading Polish companies on advertising production creation and PR strategy building.

    On 16 November 2015 he was appointed Minister of Sport and Tourism in the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

    He still practises sport, for example, he runs marathons.

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    Jarosław Stawiarski

    Born on 3 October 1963 in Kraśnik. He graduated from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin with a degree in history. He also completed postgraduate studies in management at the University of Warsaw. For many years he worked as a teacher in Kraśnik, and was the principal of the city’s Primary School No. 1. He has extensive experience in local government and as a Member of Parliament. He served as a councillor of the Kraśnik Powiat Council for two terms of office, as governor of the Kraśnik Powiat in 2002-2006, and as First Deputy Mayor of Kraśnik in 2011-2014. As First Deputy Mayor, he developed and implemented the programme Kraśnik – a City of Sport under which three new sports halls and other sports facilities were built locally, contributing to the development of sport among children and youth.

    He was a Member of Parliament in the Polish Sejm’s 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th term of office. In 2015, he successfully stood for re-election as MP, receiving 15807 votes in the Lublin region. He was a member of the Sejm committees on: physical culture, sport and tourism; public finance; and administration and digitization.


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    Jan Widera

    Born on 21 June 1955 in Bytom. He graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice. As a master-level coach in track and field, he worked with Polish national team members taking part in 400m hurdle events in the junior, youth and senior age categories. In 2006-2014, he was a member of the board of the Polish Athletics Association where he served as Deputy Chairman of the Young Athletes Committee. He has coached athletes who have won medals at the Polish, European and the World Championships. Among those athletes were Marek Plawgo, a famous Polish sprinter and hurdler, a WC and EC medallist, and Magdalena Gorzkowska, a sprinter and a silver medallist at the 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships. Jan Widera has taken part in numerous training events and coaching conferences organized by the Polish Athletics Association. He is also a member of the Sports Committee of the Bytom City Council. His main interests are related to sport. He practices trekking. 

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  • Dawid Lasek

    Dawid Lasek

    Dawid Lasek graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration and the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He worked as a Science Secretary of the Polish-French European Studies, University of Paris 13, IUT de Saint Denis. Since 2001, his professional career has been connected primarily with the Carpathian Euroregion. He worked as a manager of crossborder projects and, since 2007, has been serving as Vice-President of the Association of the Carpathian Euroregion Poland. He has extensive experience working with Swiss partners. Within the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme he developed and implemented the Carpathian brand “Carpathia”. He was also a member of the Working Group on Sustainable Tourism of the Carpathian Convention. In 2006-2007, he served as the Director of the Department of Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Regional Development.

    He speaks five foreign languages: English, French, Russian, Slovak and Ukrainian. 

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  • Alicja Omięcka

    Born on 13 January 1967; she is a lawyer and a civil servant Class Three. She holds two degrees: a MA in law and a MA in administration. She completed PhD studies in law, and an attorney-at-law apprenticeship. She holds a diploma of postgraduate management studies at the University of Economics in Katowice and a diploma of the School of Tourism in Kołobrzeg; she also studied German philology at the University of Szczecin. In the past, she has worked as a German-speaking tour guide.

    For over ten years she was a quality management officer in a governmental administration agency.

    She is a specialist in administrative law and an appreciated and experienced lecturer; she conducted numerous training courses in administrative law and enforcement proceedings in public administration for employees of public administration bodies across Poland.

    Her personal interests include travelling and sporting activity, for example, jogging and cycling.

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