Born in 1978 in Warsaw, Poland, Dorota started windsurfing at the age of 11. During 16 years of competition, she has won a staggering 11 World titles (making her the second most successful windsurfer ever to Bjorn Dunkerbeck).
In 1996 Dorota represented Poland at the Atlanta Olympics on the Mistral One Design board. The Mistral wasnt Dorotas first choice in equipment but she still managed a very credible 6th place. After the Olympics, Dorota decided that short board racing was where the action was and started to compete in the IFAC and PWA events.
In 1998 she won the IFCA Worlds and finished 6th overall in PWA racing. By 2000, Formula took her interest and she started well by winning the Formula World Championships in Thailand that year!
She followed that success by making a hat trick of wins (2001 and 2002) and then becoming PWA World Champion in 2003 and Formula World Champion again in 2004!!
2005 has been a tough year for Dorota however. A back injury has ssen her out of action for most of the year. With the World Championships held in Melbourne in December, she still had time to make a recovery and went into serious rehab over the Autumn in Poland.
Whilst she recovered enough to compete in the Worlds (and finish 2nd!), her back had not recovered fully and now that she announces her retirement due to health reasons, it seems apparent that her back injury is forcing her out of competition permanently.
This is a sad end for Dorota, who at 27 still has potential to add many more World titles to her name and perhaps even an Olympic Gold medal.
However its definatley not down and out for Dorota. In Oct 2004 she graduated from Warsaw\’s Collegium Civitas University with a Masters Degree in International Relations and has been undertaking IMBA post-graduate studies at Warsaw\’s University of Technology since then. Amazing to consider that she was doing all this AND winning World titles at the same time!!
So will we see her as the next Polish Prime Minister? Well here is what she had to say……
“I became interested in International Relations by traveling around the world through my windsurfing competitions. This made me more aware of the differences between other nations, their life styles, religions and wealth. I became really interested in finding explanations for people\’s attitudes, views, and their desire to gain power.When I first started studying International Relations I thought I could be someone who could change things in the future. Today, I still think the same but the more I discover about diplomacy and international business, I\’m not as naive to think that my abilities could change things if I were in politics. The politician\’s goals are not necessarily to make things better, but to simply gain power. If this were my ambition then it wouldn\’t be a waste of time. With my idealistic views on life I would rather see myself as an expert or consultant to politicians on certain areas rather than doing politics myself.”
Good luck Dorota!!