This is Monika’s last vlog as Nissan Generation Next Ambassador. She’s had a super busy June – participated in 2016 rowing championships, the Princess Royal challenge and will now she is prepping for the University Championships in Poland in 6 weeks time!
Monika Dukarska – training and researching
July 12, 2016
This May Monika was training full time and doing research work. Take a look at her monthly vlog to see what else she’s been up to.
Monika Dukarska – focusing on Henley Royal Regatta
April 21, 2016
Rower Monika Dukarska is back to winning ways having made the tough decision to postpone her Olympic dream and to switch to single sculling. With a busy summer ahead, Monika is now focused on making her mark at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.
Everything is back on track since I made the decision to focus on single sculling. My condition is good. Training is going well and I’ve won three races in the past month. I am pleased to report that I am enjoying my rowing again.
Single sculling is dominated by Sanita Puspure who represented Ireland at the London 2012 Olympic Games and I have set my sights on finishing as close to Sanita as possible this year.
I raced against her in the National Trials and finished second. I was really happy with that result considering I had only moved back to single sculling six weeks earlier. It was a solid performance and I can build on it.
My first win came at the Neptune Regatta in Islandbridge in Dublin where I won comfortably. Win number two came at the National University Championships where I represented IT Tralee. That was my fourth national title for IT Tralee. I won my first three titles with them when I was doing my undergrad so it was great to be back winning again now that I am doing my masters in food innovation.
I didn’t have to travel too far for the first Grand League Regatta of the season in Cork where I succeeded in maintaining my winning streak at the Skibbereen Regatta. That was great racing and it was great to race against girls from the Irish High Performance Team who competed at the first World Cup event only a week later.
There are two more Grand Leagues regattas this season including the Dublin Metropolitan Regatta in Blessington and the Cork Regatta at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra, Co. Cork.
It was a big decision to pull back from seeking qualification for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio and to move to single sculling. It was a tough decision but it was definitely the right decision. Single sculling is where my strength lies. I can see the improvements. It’s been a steep learning curve getting into a different boat and learning for myself but the decision to take that on has definitely paid off.
One of my big goals this season is to qualify to compete at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames at the end of June. They run time-trial events a few days before the regatta and those who perform well in the race against the clock are invited to compete in the regatta. I’m confident that I can do well and secure an invitation. It would be amazing to compete in such a well-known and well attended event where the standard of racing is exceptionally high. Another of my season goals is to medal at the University Championships in Poland in September. I need to prove myself first so I am looking forward to the trials in June and to also making my mark in the National Championships which take place in mid-July.
Monika Dukarska – getting the perfect technique!
March 31, 2016
This February Monika chats to us about getting the perfect rowing technique, writing a paper for her Masters and being the driving force behind the Kerry Schools Coastal Rowing Championships.
Monika Dukarska – Back on the Water
February 23, 2016
The new year has been one of mixed fortunes for rower Monika Dukarska who has taken the difficult decision to move to single sculling and to set a new and longer term goal to compete in the Olympic Games.
I have had to take stock of my dream to compete in the Rio Olympic Games after starting the year with a bout of tonsilitis which left me under pressure to get back to full fitness. Read on…
Monika Dukarska – Hitting the Gym Hard!
January 21, 2016
Monika gives us a look at just how hard she works off the water and announces she is up for 2015 Kerry Sports Person of the Year for the Rowing Category!Congrats!
August 25, 2015
Hey everyone! So this is my first ever vlog! First of all big thanks for all your votes and selecting me as one of 10 Nyssan Ambassadors for the 2015/2016 season. I was delighted to see such a strong network of people behind me! I got awarded a Nissan Pulsar and I’m loving every mile driven in it!
I picked up the car before the World Cup III regatta in Switzerland … Read on…