On the occasion of the Day of Physical Culture and Sports of Ukraine, a solemn meeting with the university's champion athletes was held at the Center of Contemporary Art of the National University "Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic".
"The Day of Physical Culture and Sports is always a holiday at our university, and meetings are traditionally held where we honor the best athletes who, with their achievements, do everything to make Ukraine known as a strong and indomitable state. All our athletes contribute to the victory of Ukraine. And every time the National Anthem of Ukraine is played and the blue-yellow flag is hoisted, the whole world stands still and supports the Ukrainians in their pursuit of victory over the enemy. We especially noted the best students and graduates for their sports achievements. I wish everyone fortitude, indestructibility of character, good health and the same perseverance as champions have in achieving their goals. Poltava Polytechnic is a center for the development and support of youth sports! All dreams come true in Poltava Polytechnic! Educated and athletic youth will rebuild and glorify Ukraine!" – greeted the attendees the Rector of Poltava Polytechnic, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor Volodymyr Onyshchenko.
According to the decision of the Academic Council of the University, the name of the graduate Oleh Pryimachov – master of sports of international class of Ukraine in Thai boxing, 5-time world champion, European champion in Thai boxing, two-time winner of the World Games in Thai boxing, is included in the Book of Honor of the National University "Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic". The sports star was awarded with the Honorary Ribbon "Pride of the University", the Diploma of Inclusion into the Book of Honor of the Poltava Polytechnic University, as well as the University Cup.
"It is extremely pleasant to see so many bright and knowledgeable faces. Thanks to the Poltava Polytechnic, you become smarter, you invest knowledge in yourself. You are the future of our country. Learn throughout your life, improve yourself in every field and industry. Perhaps, in the entire 11-year career, these were the most difficult meetings and competitions, because each of us had our own challenges. When we lived a peaceful life, everyone had their own problems, but when the war came, it changed all priorities. All the problems that existed before turned out to be not so large-scale and terrible. I am glad that the goal was achieved and the efforts were not spent in vain. Always achieve your goal, nothing is impossible. Everything is in our hands, everyone has their own front. We fight, we believe, we win!" – said Oleh Pryimachov.
From July 14 to 30, 2022, the European Universities Games 2022 were held in the city of Lodz, Republic of Poland. For the first time in such competitions, 6 student-athletes of the National University "Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic" entered the Ukrainian national team, two of whom won. Rector Volodymyr Onyshchenko awarded the personalized cups of the National University "Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic" to a second-year student of the Poltava Polytechnic majoring in "Construction and Civil Engineering", a candidate for master of sports of Ukraine in kickboxing, a bronze medalist of the World Championships in Thai boxing, a 6-time champion of Ukraine in kickboxing and 3-time champion of Ukraine in Thai boxing Mykhailo Serdiuk, who received a gold medal at the 2021 Kickboxing World Cup in Istanbul and became the Champion of the European University Kickboxing Games in 2022; and a graduate of the specialty "Construction and Civil Engineering" Anthony Jirkins – a candidate for master of sports of Ukraine in kickboxing, prize-winner of the Ukrainian Kickboxing Championships 2021, prize-winner of the Ukrainian kickboxing cups 2019, 2021, silver prize-winner of the European University Kickboxing Games.
Student Mykhailo Serdiuk thanked the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the opportunity to participate in competitions of this level, his team and friends for their support and help in preparing for the games.
"I agree with Mykhailo's words. I want to say that the preparation was difficult. I was a little short of gold, but now I know what I need to work on. I want to express my gratitude to Volodymyr Oleksandrovych and Poltava Polytechnic for giving me the opportunity to perform in such an arena," – said Anthony Jirkins.
Mykhailo Serdiuk's championship armor, which the rector won at a charity auction in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was solemnly handed over to the university's museum of sports glory.
The Poltava Polytechnic team in table tennis was awarded the Rector's Citation for their participation in the European University Games. A 3rd-year student of the specialty "Physical Therapy, Ergotherapy" Andrii Vynokhodov and a graduate of the specialty "Computer Science" Dmytro Lebid were awarded the personalized cups of the National University "Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic".
The Rector's Citations were received by students who also have world-class achievements::
- Oleksii Virchenko, Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine in swimming, two-time champion and bronze medalist of the World Para Swimming Championships, European champion and silver medalist of the Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo;
- Denys Ostapchenko, Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine in swimming, silver medalist of the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, champion of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo;
- Ruslana Kulyk, Master of Sports of International Class of Ukraine in arm wrestling, two-time world champion and current European champion in arm wrestling;
- Dariia Holovko, candidate for master of sports of Ukraine in powerlifting, multiple European champion in powerlifting among juniors, world champion in powerlifting among juniors in the weight category up to 43 kg.
The diploma of the Rector of Poltava Polytechnic was awarded to master of sports of international class of Ukraine in powerlifting, world champion in classical bench press, silver medalist of the European Championships in classical bench press, multiple champion and record holder of Ukraine in powerlifting Oksana Hordiienko.
"In fact, the key to my success was that I found my favorite thing – both sports and coaching. Our students and athletes are inspiring. That's probably why I returned to sports after a while. The main thing is to believe in the goal, to achieve it, not to give up in the face of any difficulties, to believe in victory. I congratulate athletes and everyone involved in sports on the holiday. Together to victory. Glory to Ukraine!" –wished Oksana Hordiienko.
Recently, a student-champion in powerlifting was awarded an honorary diploma of the Poltava City Council, a Polytechnic athlete became a bronze medalist of the Dragon Boat World Championships, and the team of the Educational and Research Institute of Finance, Economics, Management and Law won the memorial mini-football tournament.
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