19 May 2018

Dani Simon - World Junior Para Champion from Hungary

"I have started armwrestling in 2014. At the Pető András Institute in Budapest I was attending a rowing section. A friend of our family, Péter Hézser, inspired me to start pulling because he saw some potential in me to be good at it. I started training and very soon after that I took part in my first competition - Kecskemét tournament. I really loved it and from that point I decided to start armwrestling professionally.

This sport attracted me with its accessibility and it really helped me to break out of my wheel-chair. I really don’t feel disabled anymore and I feel free to compete with non-disabled people. Armwrestling taught me to respect people and not to overrate myself. It taught me responsibility.

Regarding my pulling style and training routine, my favorite style is definitely hook and I train 5 times a week. I have a little training place of my own.

I feel great support from my dad and my trainers Ozor Szabó and Péter Hézser. This is my family and thanks to these people I feel confident in my ability to reach any high. I’m proud of the fact that I was the first professional disabled armwrestler in Professional Armwrestling League (PAL) and of course I’m always very happy when I win medals at para-armwrestling tournaments.

I had a lot of hard times at the armwrestling table as, for instance, when I won the 5-th place at the Professional Armwrestling World Cup among healthy athletes. But for me it is nothing more then just another opportunity to test my potential and define what I still need to improve.

I’m a high-school student and armwrestling helps me to be better focused on my education. My current goal is to enter the Top-6 of the European Championship in the non-disabled class.I plan to compete at the European Championship in Bulgaria, Judgement Day World Cup and World Armwrestling Championship in Turkey. 

I have a message for all the people with disabilities, who want to move forward in life. Go in for armwrestling for this is the only sport where your disability doesn’t matter. There isn’t any segregation, you compete in the class that fits you simultaneously with healthy pullers. You will find a lot of new friends who are just like you and everything will be literary in your own hands.  You are respected here."

/ Tomasz Wisniowski