Arkadiusz Gołaś

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Arkadiusz Gołaś
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Personal information
Full name Arkadiusz Gołaś
Born (1981-05-10)May 10, 1981
Poland Przasnysz, Poland
Died September 16, 2005(2005-09-16) (aged 24)
Austria Griffen, Austria
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Spike 365 cm
Block 352 cm
Volleyball information
Position Middle-blocker
Number 16
National team
2001-2005  Poland
Last updated: 1 April 2014

Arkadiusz Gołaś (born May 10, 1981 in Przasnysz, Poland - died September 16, 2005 in Griffen, Austria) was a Polish volleyball player, Olympic athlete, and a member of the Polish national team between 2001 and 2005.

Arkadiusz died in a tragic car accident in Griffen near Klagenfurt in Austria on the A2 motorway. His wife, Agnieszka, was driving, and she survived. Their car hit a concrete wall. They were on their way to Macerata, where Arkadiusz was due to begin playing his first season at the club Lube Banca Macerata. His final game was as a representative of the Polish national team on September 8, 2005, in the match Poland - Portugal, which Poland won 3-0.



Club Country From To
UKS Olimp Ostrołęka  Poland 1991 1996
MKS MOS Wola Warszawa  Poland 1996 2000
AZS Częstochowa  Poland 2000 2004
Sempre Volley  Italy 2004 2005
Lube Banca Macerata  Italy 2005 2005

Sports achievements[edit]


National championships[edit]

National team[edit]

FIVB World Cadet Championship[edit]

  • Bronze medal with cup.svg 1999


After his death, his best friend from the Polish national team - Krzysztof Ignaczak took over wearing the shirt bearing number 16, to honor his memory. The silver medal won by the Polish national team in the World Championship 2006 was dedicated to him. A sport hall in Ostrołęka has been named after him. Since 2006 it has been the venue for the annual Memorial of Arkadiusz Gołaś. Sebastian Świderski, who was a player in Italian club Lube Banca Macerata in 2007-2010 played with Arkadiusz's number 16 on his shirt. Since 2013, the next Polish volleyball player to sign a contract with this club, Bartosz Kurek, has been playing with Gołaś's number 16 on his shirt.

In 2006 he was posthumously awarded:
Golden Cross of Merit Golden Cross of Merit for his sports achievements.