Tymon Szajbel

Graduation year: 2025

Age


17

GPA

Pending

Height(cm)


178

Position


Midfielder/Centre Back

Other Info

SAT – 1490 / IELTS – Band 8.0 / 20.12.23: standing long jump – 2.65m / yoyo test level 2 – 2400m / 13.01.24: squat – 1x140kg / bench press – 1x100kg / deadlift – 1×177,5kg /

Subjects and Grades – List them all

Grade 9
Polish language – 6
English language (advanced level) – 6
German language – 5
Philosophy – 5
History – 6
Social Studies – 6
Geography – 6
Biology – 5
Chemistry – 5
Physics – 5
Mathematics – 6
IT – 6
PE – 5
Safety Education – 6
Specialised Training – 5

Grade 10
Polish language – 5
English language (advanced level) – 6
German language – 6
History – 6
Social Studies – 6
Fundamentals of Entreprenuership – 6
Geography – 5
Biology – 5
Chemistry – 5
Physics – 6
Mathematics – 6
IT – 6
PE – 5
Specialised Training – 5

Write a statement about your strengths, goals, values

The day I discovered how science and sport are combined in the USA, a dream of becoming part of this system was born.
My great, uninterrupted love for sport in all its forms began, when my parents took me to my first soccer practice. I was just a couple years old, yet I clearly recall some of my first soccer experience. There had not been any sportsmen in my family, therefore no one at the time thought I would become one. Despite that, however, I managed to overcome disparate obstacles and avoid various pitfalls to get to where I am now.
Just after I turned 10 during a routine check up a doctor told me and my parents that my bones had been growing growing faster than my muscles. I had severe contractures resulting in poor posture and to add insult to the injury playing soccer was making the problem even worse. For this reason, I was given a set of exercises to do daily. It took me from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, yet I did it every day for a whole year. The following year I performed rehabilitation exercises 3 times a week for about 45 minutes. Additionally, I took on classes at a swimming school, which I continued for two years and passed an exam for “the yellow cap” (advanced swimming certificate). I also doubled the number of judo practice sessions (from once a week to twice a week). At the age of 12 I got some good news; my contractures were finally starting to disappear. In spite of that I signed up for gymnastics to maintain adequate flexibility in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Until the age of 16, I was under constant care of an orthopedist, but thanks to my systematic approach, the periods during which I had to implement rehabilitation exercises were much shorter and very rare. My biggest motivation at that time was simply the desire to play football, I couldn’t imagine having to stop. Even though I had struggled to achieve the results I expected, I did not give up and continued soccer training. I vividly remember the day I played my first match without contractures, I could finally stretch my leg forward and run as quick as I could; I felt like I had wings. My coach at the time looked at me with disbelief and admiration.
Since autumn 2021, I have been playing in the teams of the GES Sports Academy High School. In my age group, I have played most games as a central defensive midfielder and some as a centre back. In the older age group, however, I most often played as a centre back. Thanks to this, I feel confident both in midfield and in defense. I have a strong mentality, and when the game doesn’t go our way, I can calm down my teammates and help them focus, e.g. by giving them suggestions on the positioning. I never let my emotions overwhelm me; even in very stressful situations I keep a cool head. When I play, I am calm but brave. I behave responsibly, I don’t charge into multiple opponents, I just pass to a better positioned player. I try to analyze the movements of my teammates and opponents, so that I know where and when to position myself in order to launch an attack. I believe that I can read the opponent’s game well, which makes it easier for me to anticipate threats. I am ambitious and strong, it is a tough challenge for the opposition to intercept the ball from me, and when I lose it, I immediately reposition or apply pressure depending on the coach’s tactics. I play until the final whistle, even if the other team is winning by a few pointa. A last minute goal can sometimes make a big difference in the long run. I firmly believe that I am both physically and mentally prepared for collegiate sports.
Throughout my life I have tried a variety of sports. Thanks to my efforts, my body is developed on many levels. Through martial arts (judo and muay thai) I increased my pain tolerance. Gymnastics gave me coordination that few players my age can boast of and the gym continuously allows me to be stronger, jump higher and run faster.
Combining several sports activities in different locations and studying taught me how to plan and manage my time. Today, when I train football 6 times a week for 1.5 hours, I do strength training 3 times a week for 1.5 hours, I play in matches almost every week, I still maintain excellent academic results and I can find time to learn to play the drums and make my own music. I can work hard and I am determined to constantly improve my results both in sports and science. I hate the feeling of giving in and not achieving my goal.
I enjoy learning. I am interested in many fields, from physics and mathematics to music and medical sciences, It is fascinating to me how interchangeable they sometimes can be. With that in mind however, I cannot imagine not playing football, ergo I hope that I will be able to get a scholarship and study in the USA.

Date/Event/Results(List all) Athletics

2021/2022 (fall season) – 2nd place in International API Cup Zakopane (2006 and younger)
2021/2022 (spring season) – regional league championship, promotion to state league (2006 and younger)
2022/2023 (fall season) – 2nd place in state league (2006 and younger)
2022/2023 (spring season) – state league chamionship and victory in CLJ (best junior league in Poland) play-offs (2006 and younger); 2nd place in state league (2005 and younger)
2023/2024 (fall season) – 4th round in Polish Cup at a regional level (no age requirements); state league championship and victory in play-offs for macroregional league (4 states in one league) (2005 and younger)

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