Agata Mróz-Olszewska

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Agata Mróz-Olszewska
Agata Mróz by Paweł Strykowski.jpg
Personal information
Full name Agata Mróz-Olszewska (née Mróz)
Nationality Polish
Born (1982-04-07)April 7, 1982
Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Poland
Died June 4, 2008(2008-06-04) (aged 26)
Wrocław, Poland
Hometown Tarnów, Poland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Spike 315 cm (124 in)
Block 304 cm (120 in)
Volleyball information
Position Middle-blocker
Number 11
Years Teams
Poland Tarnovia Tarnów
Poland SMS PZPS Sosnowiec
Poland AZS Ostrowiec Św.
Poland BKS Bielsko-Biała
Spain CAV Murcia 2005
National team
1997–2007 Poland Poland
Last updated: 27 May 2014

Agata Mróz-Olszewska (7 April 1982 – 4 June 2008) was a Polish volleyball player, a member of the Poland women's national volleyball team in 1997–2007, double European Champion (Turkey 2003, Croatia 2005). She died of an infection following a bone marrow transplant to treat Myelodysplastic syndrome, which she had suffered from since the age of 17.

Personal life[edit]

Agata was born in Dąbrowa Tarnowska, but raised in Tarnów. Her sister Katarzyna is a volleyball player and her brother Paweł a basketball player. On June 9, 2007 she married Jacek Olszewski. Since the age of 17, she suffered myelodysplastic syndrome. In 2007 she gave up her volleyball career because of her bone marrow disease, and began treatment. On January 12, 2008 she announced she was pregnant, and that as a result she could not charge treatment. Their daughter Liliana was born prematurely on April 4, 2008.[1]

On May 22, 2008 she had a bone marrow transplant in the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation, Oncology and Hematology of the Medical University in Wrocław.[2] She died fourteen days later from sepsis and septic shock.[3] Her funeral was held on her first wedding anniversary, June 9, 2008.



Olszewska-Mróz began her career in Tarnovia Tarnów, then moved to SMS Sosnowiec, WSBiP Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and BKS Stal Bielsko-Biała, where she was twice champion of Poland (2003 and 2004). She also played for the Spanish team Grupo 2002 Murcia, winning both the Championship of Spain and the Cup of Spain tournament (2007).

National team[edit]

She was one of the main competitors in the team led by coach Andrzej Niemczyk. She won two gold medals with the Polish national team at the European Championships: Turkey 2003 and Croatia 2005. On November 22, 2005 received a state award granted by the Polish President - Gold Cross of Merit for her contribution to the development of sport.

Sporting achievements[edit]

National team[edit]

State awards[edit]


Despite the badges of her husband did not accept it. He stated that the distinction should receive the doctors who helped Agata. On May 11, 2012 was the premiere of a film Nad życie about Agata Mroz-Olszewska, her private life, illness, marriage and the birth of her daughter.[5] During the wedding scene among the guests appeared husband Jacek and daughter Lilianna.