Foreign exchange specialist Fexco announces sponsorship of Ireland Women’s Pair rowing representative, Monika Dukarska.
The 24 year old Polish native started rowing at the Killorglin Rowing Club shortly after moving to Ireland aged 16 and progressed to represent the Irish national team. This is her third year rowing for Ireland and, having previously raced in the Double Scull event, she is now turning her hand to sweep rowing in the Women’s Pair event.
Monika is currently training for the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France this September, a qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Monika and her teammate, Leonora Kennedy, can qualify for Rio 2016 with a top-11 finish at this event. If either of the Women’s Pair, Women’s Double or the Women’s Lightweight Double qualifies for the Olympics, it will be the first time in history that Ireland will be represented in these boat categories.
Shane Kavanagh, Group Marketing Director, Fexco, comments: “We are delighted to be working with Monika during her training for the Olympics, and it would be great to see a Women’s Pair qualify and make Irish history.
“Monika is an extremely talented athlete, with an incredible amount of drive and ambition. This is clear through her dedication to rowing throughout her school years, as well as receiving a first class bachelor and master degree, while competing at a professional level. We look forward to supporting Monika on the road to Rio.”
Monika Dukarska, Ireland Women’s Pair representative, comments: “It’s great to have Fexco behind me during the Rio qualifying rounds.
“Our success at the Memorial Paolo d’Aloja Regatta was a great start to the season. Despite being my first international regatta in the Women’s Pair event, my partner Leonora Kennedy and I managed to take home the gold in both races – competing against 25 other nationalities. We had a good result last week in Poznan finishing ninth in the European Championships. I’m glad to be home in Ireland now and training harder than ever for September’s qualifier.”