Monika started rowing in 2008, first rowed for Ireland in 2013 and won World Cup silver and made a European final this year. She is also a two-time World Coastal Rowing champion (2009 & 2016). She is a PhD student in education, with a Masters in innovation and design. Her family moved from Poznan (Poland) to Ireland when she was 16. Her first name is pronounced ‘Mon-eeek-a’.