Growing up in Poland, Arkadiusz came from a very humble upbringing. "We didn't have much, for nearly 20 years I had never been outside of my city. But I loved to visit my local sports stadium where I fell in love with sports, particularly handball and rugby". Upon leaving school, Arkadiusz secured a job working at a Polish radio station. It was whilst working for this station that Arkadiusz was first introduced to wheelchair sports via a local disabled sports club. "Sport can give and take away everything. I thought what other choices are there? There's work, but I want to explore the world".
Introduced to handcycling in 2005, it was a sport that immediately caught his attention and kick-started his athletic career. "When I first saw a handbike, I realised that this is my future. When I bought my first handbike, I knew that I would never sit in a sports wheelchair again".
It was also handcycling that led to Arkadiusz joining Team SOPUR/QUICKIE in 2008. Loving the companionship and the opportunities that being part of Team SOPUR/QUICKIE presented, Arkadiousz has won a multitude of awards, including the Boston marathon (2008, 2009), New York City marathon (2008) and the Paracycling Polish championship in 2014. "This is my family. It's with this team that I take my greatest adventures. I always love to choose the most difficult challenges. I prefer to lose, know that someone was better that day and learn from the experience. So when I win, I know that I was the very best".
From living in the same city for 20 years to joining Team SOPUR/QUICKIE, his passion for handcycling has allowed Arkadiusz to see the world, enjoy life and meet new people. "I have a beautiful girlfriend, a son and a loving family. I have friends all over the world and a head-full of ideas for the future. I'm just so happy!"