The last active player from the Poland National Team that won the gold medal in the 2003 European Championship, Anna Miros, has retired. The 34-year-old opposite hitter performed in Energa MKS Kalisz last season but was healing from the injury for several weeks before finally deciding to say goodbye to playing professionally.
Miros was the last player from the roster commanded by Andrzej Niemczyk that won the historical gold medal for the Polish women’s volleyball 17 years ago, who still competed professionally. When, under her maiden surname Podolec, she won the gold medal at the 2003 EuroVolley in Turkey, she was only 18 years old.
However, Miros’ career was stopped on several occasions by injuries. She didn’t go to the next EuroVolley in Croatia, and in 2009 she underwent shoulder surgery after which she had a break of almost two years. Due to that, she changed positions both in the national team and clubs, from opposite hitter to the outside hitter up to middle blocker.
She collected 171 caps for the Poland National Team. Miros often changed clubs – playing in leading Polish teams, such as BKS Stal Bielsko-Biała, Atom Trefl Sopot, and MKS Dąbrowa Górnicza – winning two Polish Championship titles and Polish Cups apiece. With Italy’s Igor Gorgonzola Novara, she claimed the CEV Cup.
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