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.
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
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