Lausanne, Switzerland, November 5, 2018 - Four years after sitting out the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship at home in Poland, the country's superstar led the squad to back-to-back world titles this year in Italy and Bulgaria, earning himself the coveted honour of Most Valuable Player.
The 30-year-old opposite was dropped from the 2014 Polish squad and very nearly quit his career two years later, but bounced back to help Poland along in the 2015 World Cup and 2015 European Championship, as well as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Kurek in action last weekend in Poland's PlusLiga with his new club of Stocznia Szczecin, currently in fourth place in the standings.
Bartosz Kurek was introduced to volleyball from a young age, mainly due to the influence of his father Adam, also an international with Poland.
His persistence was finally rewarded this year, as he emerged top scorer of the 2018 World Championship and claimed the MVP award as Poland's figurehead in their second consecutive world title.
Kurek was further rewarded for his World Championship performance when he was named, last week, Male Volleyball Player of the Year by the European Volleyball Confederation at its annual Gala in Budapest.
Tijana Boskovic, who was the MVP of the Women's World Championship in Japan for leading Serbia to their first ever world title, was honoured in Budapest as Europe's Female Player of the Year.
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