I have worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years and played sport for most of my life.
Originally from Poland, I was born with a deformed leg and grew up on a small dairy farm, in a rural agricultural region. A big fan of basketball I played locally for able bodied teams as a child and then competed regionally in wheelchair basketball as a teenager.
At 19 I decided to have part of my leg amputated so that I could wear a prosthesis, which would reduce the impact my disability was having on my health.
Once recovered I moved to the UK where I continued to compete regionally in wheelchair basketball. I became a fitness instructor in 2006 and began to play able bodied basketball too.
In 2010 I started training as a sprinter after attending an open event for people with disabilities to try athletics. After training in Cambridge I moved to Lee Valley with a hope to compete in the 2012 Paralympics.
Training under Olympic coach Dan Pfaff, beside Jonnie Peacock (current Paralympic gold medalist), I learnt a huge amount about athletics, the body, coaching strategy and the importance of recovery.
In May 2012 I was invited to compete in the Paralympic test event at the Olympic Village in London. It was a great experience, competing as a representative of Great Britain and remains my fastest ever sprint 13.01. Unfortunately I missed the qualifying time by half a second later in the season and didn’t make it to London 2012, but it didn’t halt my desire to train and compete.
Becoming a parent later that year meant I was no longer able to commit full time to sprinting, but determined to continue competing I turned my attention to fitness modelling after watching a few competitions. In the Autumn of 2012 I qualified as a personal trainer and began working for a small exclusive studio, developing my coaching style.
In 2013 I took part in my first fitness modelling competition, Miami Pro. I have since taken part in a further three competitions, both Miami Pro and Pure Elite, always achieving a medal. I became a Pure Elite Pro Athlete in 2014.
In 2014 I also began LEAP Fitness Retreats, offering clients a residential training experience in Poland or Ibiza, to learn, train and eat to improve their strength, health and fitness.
Since becoming self-employed four years ago I have created my own approach to training, considering what I have learnt from the coaches I have worked under, my own ongoing training and the successes of my clients. My focus is balanced between training for health and happiness as well as for a lean, strong body. Your goals, preferences and lifestyle are all considered to create a programme that you love, can stick to and which challenges you to become your very best.