Małgorzata Tlałka-Długosz

President of the HANDICAP Foundation

Małgorzata Tlałka-Długosz (born 1963 in Zakopane) – alpine skier, coach, activist, and sports enthusiast: a prominent alpine skier of the 1980s, multiple-time Polish and French champion, participant in the Olympic Games (Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988), Academic World Champion, multiple medalist in World Cup and European Cup slalom events. After retiring from her athletic career, she graduated from the prestigious ENSA in Chamonix and the Higher School of Business-NLU in Nowy Sącz. She has worked as a coach and instructor in ski clubs and ski schools in Poland and Europe.

Since 2014, she has been the founder, president, and coach of the HANDICAP Zakopane Foundation for Integration Through Sport, where she continues to engage in sports activation, the integration of children and youth with intellectual disabilities, and provides high-level competitive training at the regional, national, and international levels, particularly in alpine skiing and athletics. She is the originator and organizer of the annual charity event, the 12-hour Slalom Marathon in Zakopane.

Over the nearly 10 years of the foundation’s existence, her proteges have won over 50 medals in World and European Championships, as well as over 150 medals in the Polish Championships in both winter and summer sports disciplines for athletes with intellectual disabilities. She resides in Zakopane, is married, and a mother of three children.

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