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Road to Rio

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Monika Dukarska

on 4 December 2014

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Support Monika Dukarska's Dream
Road to Rio
The Journey
I have progressed through the national ranks very quickly.

I was victorious at numerous head of the rivers and regattas over the years both nationally and internationally.

My biggest achievements include:

World Coastal Rowing Champion of 2009
Bronze medallist at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in 2008
4th at the World University Games in the single scull in 2013
Two gold medals for Ireland at the Home International Regatta in 2012
Senior and elite single champion at the International regatta in Wallingford in 2010
Bronze in the Women’s Double Scull at the Piediluco Regatta in Italy for Ireland in 2014
Irish University Single Scull Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011
Two silver medals at the European Junior Rowing Championships in 2008
National Titles: Women's Eight (2009), Quad (2010, 2013), Inter Double (2009, 2014), and Novice Single (2008)
The Journey
In October 2012 I received Irish citizenship. This opened up new opportunities for me at the international level. Since then I raced for Ireland at World Cup regattas, European Championships and the World Rowing Championships. I am a carded athlete since 2013 and I am part of the Irish Senior High Performance Team.

Since 2007 my life involved balancing rowing and my education. Having successfully completed my Leaving Cert, I spent the next 6 years studying at the Institute of Technology Tralee. I have received a 1.1. degree in Business Studies in Management in 2012 and recently I have graduated with a Masters in Business Studies (2014).

At the moment I am based in Cork and train full time at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra, Co. Cork.

My current world ranking is 11th in the Women’s Double Scull event, which is within Olympic qualifying position. I train two to three times daily starting my first session at 7:30am. I have a day off every 3 to 4 weeks.

My training includes rowing, ergometer work, biking and weights. I train in the single and in the double. I am being tested on average once a month with weekly performance monitoring activities.
I aspire to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and to medal in Tokyo in 2020. I wish to make rowing my full time job.

I am determined, perseverant, competitive and attentive to detail. I am very organised, result orientated, disciplined, hardworking and I am going to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal.

However I cannot do it all by myself and I need the help of others.

The Future
I am a hard working individual and I am determined to fulfill my Olympic dream.

On average it costs €18,233 per year to even attempt it. Unfortunately my costs are not met and I fall short. I am coping thanks to the support of my family and friends. Without it, I would not be where I am right now.

Would you like to help me and support my rowing journey?
The Reasons Why
I started rowing in Killorglin and I now proudly represent my country and my home town Killorglin
I am the only Senior High Performance Rower in Kerry
I am the only Irish sports council carded rower in Kerry
I will be the first female athlete to qualify for Olympics from Kerry as well as the first ever Olympian from the town of Killorglin
Reaching the qualification in 2015 will also mean that I be the first female athlete to qualify a crew boat at the Olympic Games for Ireland
I am the first female rower from Kerry to race for Ireland at two consecutive World Championships
I am the only female sculler in Ireland to win a medal (1x gold and 1x bronze) at the World Coastal Rowing Championships

Please support my rowing journey and help me to get to Rio! Let’s achieve it together.

Monika Dukarska
18 October 1990 in Poznan in Poland

183 cm
75 kgs

Rowing Since:
Dec 2006

Women's Double Scull (2x)
Irish Sports Council Status:
Carded Athlete

The Start
I moved to Ireland on the 2nd of November 2006 with my family. I was 16 at the time.

Not able to speak any English I went to the local secondary school – the Intermediate School Killorglin - where I studied for the next two years. Few weeks after joining I was approached to try out rowing because of my physical stature.

Having no idea what ‘rowing’ was at the time, I went to my local club training. The Rowing Club helped me to learn English but also helped me to become part of the local community. It was the first time I had ever held an oar.

The rest is history.
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