Monika Dukarska



Monika Dukarska was born in Poznan in Poland in 1990. She has relocated to Ireland with her family in November 2006 (at 16yo), with little English. Monika was always an active child, she’s played basketball but never excelled at it beyond school level. She took up rowing shortly after arriving in Ireland & joined Killorglin Rowing Club, which she is representing to this day.
Move to Ireland required Monika to work really hard at her studies (due to language barrier), which paid off when she got Honours Degree in Business Studies & secured scholarships for two Masters (Entrepreneurship & Mentorship and Innovation & Design) and is currently working on a PhD. Monika is also the Secretary & helps with coaching at the rowing club.
She is a strong advocate for giving back.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Day 6 - Rowing

Quick Facts:

Hometown: Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Favourite food: My mothers dumplings with cabbage & mushrooms

Favourite movie: Home Alone

Favourite music:The Weekend

Childhood  heros: Michael Jordan

Favourite athlete: Usain Bolt


Most rewarding moment in sport:Looking back at the journey and wondering, how I managed to pull it off

Talents other than sport:Great with any sort of paperwork, highly organised with great attention to detail




  • 2021 Rowing World Cup III: 2nd Place 2019 World Rowing Championships: 8th Place
  • 2021 Tokyo Olympics, 11th Place
  • 2009 & 2016 World Coastal Rowing Champion

Monika Dukarska

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