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Follow Martintotokyo

In this blog you will get to follow Compello employee Martin Polash who has set the ambitious goal of competing in table tennis at the Paralympics in 2020. Besides following Martin’s exciting journey, peaks and valleys, you will get to read about other inspirational topics of importance including diversity, bullying, disability in the workplace and more. Hop on!

Mar 28, 2019

Everyone should have a coach

As an athlete I’ve had too many coaches to keep count. While my focus has always been table tennis, I also dabled in basketball, chess, american football, lacrosse, pool and boxing. Sports and coaches has in many ways shaped my life. I believe that...

Feb 28, 2019

Why? Leaving a legacy.

My wife and I recently had a daughter and our second child. Througout the pregnancy, mostly on the way to or from table tennis practice a set of questions kept creeping up on me. They are in the lines of:

  • Why am I doing this?
  • Why am I sacrificing...
Jan 31, 2019

Old enough to be their dad.

In a previous blog post  I wrote about my experiences from representing Sweden in an international para tournament. The outcome of my participation drastically changed the way I now focus and practice table tennis. As mentioned in the post I was...

Dec 27, 2018

Diversity creates wonders

In the previous blog post the importance of diversity was brought up. What a company or organization can gain from it, and how Compello works with the issue. It got me thinking about the diversity I’ve encountered and experienced playing table...

Nov 29, 2018

7 reasons why more companies should invest in diversity

 

Working with diversity is not a simple box to check off and move on.

Since 2012, Compello is working proactively to raise the percentage of women in our own organization, and generally in the tech industry through various initiatives and...

Oct 25, 2018

The amazing feeling of competing for my country

Last month I achieved a couple of big milestones when it comes to table tennis. I (FINALLY!!!) competed with a Sweden playing shirt in an international tournament in the Czech Republic. Therefore, in this post I wanted to give my impressions of what...

Sep 27, 2018

The insult of my childhood

As long as I can remember people around me have been afraid to ask me about my disability. I’ve always wondered why handicaps and disabled people make others uncomfortable? I’ve never been offended if someone calls me handicapped, because I have a...

Aug 30, 2018

Playing big is the only thing I know

Since my blog was launched, I’ve gotten tremendous support and positive feedback from readers for my lofty goals. I really appreciate it!

In table tennis I always strive to be the best. That does not mean that I am always best but it pushes me...

Aug 16, 2018

My encounter with Para Table Tennis

Everything changed when I met another coach, Philip Sangchin, who rejuvenated my table tennis dreams that I thought were lost. He introduced me to para table tennis. This is table tennis for persons with physical disabilities. He invited and offered...

Aug 13, 2018

From a young boy’s dream to a family man's realization

What did you dream about when you were a kid? Have any of those dreams come to true? One of my BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goal, thanks Frank Reinelt!) as a kid came to fruition in 2018. I’m now a corporately sponsored table tennis athlete! What’s...