March 24, 2006 - by
Road Trip: First Stop Is Inowroclaw, Poland

March 24, 2006


By Ryan Liss, SID Intern


All About Ania

One of three new freshmen on the Florida State tennis team, Ania already brings some heavy duty honors and awards with her.  Ranked as high as No. 1 in both singles and doubles in Poland in 2004, Ania took home an individual junior national championship and a doubles junior national runner-up.  Ania also knows how to play with the professionals, for at the young age of 17, Ania was competing with the Polish National Women’s Team.  During her high school years, Ania played at the Warsaw school complex in Berlin, which is designed for children of Polish citizenship who study abroad.  While there, Ania did more than just hit a tennis ball.  She also was a track athlete, running in the 100 and 200-meter dash, as well as the 100 meter relay and the long jump.  Now than Ania’s made the trek to Tallahassee, she looks forward to bringing some of those same achievements to her Seminole squad.



A Town Called Inowroclaw


Population (2004): 77,641 – fifth largest in its region

Best known for: health resort, saltwater baths and salt mines

First mentioned: 1185

Sports: Men’s Basketball – 7th in ERA Basket Liga (Poland‘s NBA)

Fast Fact: Inowroclaw has been part of three countries, Prussia (1772-1919) Germany (1939-1945), and Poland (1185-1771, 1920-1938, 1946-current)



Quick Facts:


Parents: Maria and Zygmunt


Siblings: Slywia (30) and Tomasz (34)


Pets:  One dog – Buddy, two cats



  1. What do you do for fun back home?


When I get home, I just want to spend time with my family in our garden or drinking tea or having dinner together or just spending time together watching TV.  Just being around each other is important to me.  I haven’t been home since I started school, and before I was in Germany, because I was practicing there during school, so I wouldn’t get to see them often.


  1. What is your favorite memory about your hometown?


“Polish schools are very strict. I was not allowed to wear makeup at all. We have to dress properly. They expect a lot of us. For our exams we have to wear suits.”

– Rynarzewska

My family, and a big park where I can rest that’s next to my house.  It’s very nice and quiet, which is good.  I also love my parent’s food.  It’s very rich, and it’s always made from scratch.  Nothing artificial.


  1. How did you get involved in sports in your hometown?


My father was a 3000 meter runner, and my mother ran 800 meters, so they were athletic.  My sister had too much energy, so they told her to play tennis or do some sport.  I didn’t want to play tennis for the longest time.  Then she started winning, and I wanted to win too.


  1. Describe your hometown for us.


It’s a little town, with about 85,000 people.  It’s a health resort, so there are many older people coming to get better and recover from whatever disease they have. It is quiet, like when Tallahassee has a school break.  We’re an hour and a half from Berlin and Germany. 


  1. When you go back home, are you looked at as a celebrity?


I’m quite known, as is my sister.  Many people recognize us, but it was three to four years ago than compared to now.  Back then, I played more in the country, and then I left.


  1. What do you miss most about your hometown when you’re at school or traveling?


To me, it doesn’t really matter where I am, but what matters to me are my family and our tea time.  I’ve been to too many places. 


  1. If you’re a travel agent, how do you get people to want to visit your hometown?


If you’re stressed out, you’re definitely going to get relaxed over there, because it’s a health resort. You’ll get spoiled for very little money, but its very high quality.  If you’re a known person, the world will forget about you over there.


  1. What are the schools like in Poland?


Polish schools are very strict.  I was not allowed to wear makeup at all.  We have to dress properly.  They expect a lot of us. For our exams we have to wear suits.  As the daughter of two teachers, I had to know everything better, or I was supposed to know everything better.  Even if I hadn’t heard of a subject, I was supposed to know it already. 




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