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Bartosz Kamil Kurek (born 29 August 1988) is a Polish volleyball player, member of the Poland men's national volleyball team, participant of the Olympic Games (London 2012, Rio 2016), 2018 World Champion, 2009 European Champion, gold medallist of the 2012 World League, three–time Polish Champion (2009, 2010, 2011), Italian Champion (2014). In 2019, he became the first ever volleyball player to be voted the Polish Sports Personality of the Year.

On 4 May 2015, Kurek signed a contract with Asseco Resovia.[4] After winning a silver medal of the Polish Championship in 2016, he left Resovia and signed a contract with Japanese club JT Thunders.

On 2 October 2016, he announced suspending his sports career due to physical and mental fatigue. At the same time, he terminated the contract with JT Thunders.[5] In September, he moved back to his former club – PGE Skra Bełchatów.[6]

In 2018, Kurek joined Polish club Stocznia Szczecin. On 29 November 2018, due to club's financial problems, Kurek terminated his contract with Stocznia.[7] On 6 December 2018, he joined ONICO Warszawa after leaving Stocznia Szczecin a few days earlier.[8]

In 2014, he was a member of the Polish national team during the 2015 European Championship qualification. He was not included in the Polish national team for the World Championship held in Poland.[12]

After a one year break, he came back to the national team on 28 May 2015 during the first match of intercontinental round of the World League against Russia (3–0).[13] He was a top scorer of the match (15 points).

On 30 September 2018, Poland achieved its third title of the World Champion.[14] Poland beat Brazil in the final (3–0), and defended the title from 2014. Kurek received an individual award for the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

2010/2011 Gold medal with cup.svg Polish Championship, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
2011/2012 Simple gold cup.svg Polish Cup, with PGE Skra Bełchatów
2013/2014 Gold medal with cup.svg Italian Championship, with Cucine Lube Banca Marche Macerata
2014/2015 Simple gold cup.svg Italian SuperCup, with Cucine Lube Banca Marche Treia
Youth national team
2005 Gold medal europe.svg CEV U19 European Championship
Individual awards
2005: CEV U19 European Championship – Best Spiker
2009: Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner – Most Valuable Player
2009: FIVB Club World Championship – Best Scorer
2011: Polish Cup – Best Spiker
2011: FIVB World League – Best Scorer
2011: CEV European Championship – Best Server
2012: CEV Champions League – Best Spiker
2012: FIVB World League – Most Valuable Player
2012: Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner – Most Valuable Player
2016: Memorial of Hubert Jerzy Wagner – Best Opposite Spiker
2018: FIVB World Championship – Most Valuable Player
2018: CEV Male Volleyball Player of the Year[17]
2019: Polish Sports Personality of the Year 2018
2021: FIVB Nations League – Most Valuable Player
2021: FIVB Nations League – Best Opposite Spiker

Personal information
Full name Bartosz Kamil Kurek
Nickname Kuraś
Nationality Poland Polish
Born 29 August 1988 (age 32)
Wałbrzych, Poland
Height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Spike 370 cm (146 in)
Block 340 cm (134 in)
Volleyball information
Position Outside hitter / Opposite
Current club Japan Wolf Dogs Nagoya
Number 3
Career
Years Teams
2004–2005
2005–2008
2008–2012
2012–2013
2013–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
2017–2018
2018–2019
2019–2020
2020–now Poland Stal Nysa
Poland ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle
Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
Russia Dynamo Moscow
Italy Volley Lube
Poland Asseco Resovia
Poland PGE Skra Bełchatów
Turkey Ziraat Bankası Ankara
Poland ONICO Warszawa
Italy Vero Volley Monza
Japan Wolf Dogs Nagoya
National team
2007– playing Poland

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