A Son's Determination
For almost two decades, Andrew Pomierny searched the world for evidence of his mother’s gold medal win at the 1972 Paralympics in Heidelberg, before finally finding what he was looking for in the NFSA collection.
Both of Andrew’s parents had successful careers in sport, and their family home in Poland was filled with their medals and trophies. As kids, Andrew and his sister loved listening to the stories behind each prize.
‘My mother and father would tell us where a particular medal was from, how they won it and what it was like to travel to distant places to compete,’ Andrew recalls. ‘All of them were important and were proof of determination, thousands of hours of training and tremendous skill.’ But there was no denying that one of his mother’s medals was particularly special.