Former fencing champion appointed sports minister

Having fought all the way to the epee world champion title in 2005, Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, aged 37, will have the opportunity to prove that pen is mightier than sword after she was appointed Sports Minister by President Andrzej Duda on Thursday.

“I am confident that new Sports Minister Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk will create an outstanding, high-achieving team and also that her tenure will turn out a to be a winning streak for Poland and its sport,” said President Duda during the appointment ceremony.

Apart from being a double gold-medal winner in epee, first in the individual category during the 2005 World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany, and second in the group category also in Leipzig, 2010, Mrs Dmowska-Andzejuk has been professionally associated with the Polish army for many years.

She graduated from Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw and also the University of Ecology and Management in Warsaw, where she studied interior design. Married to former world silver medallist Robert Andrzejuk, she is a mother of two.

The Ministry of Sport had no one appointed as its head during the establishment of the second government of PM Mateusz Morawiecki on November 15. Previous Sports Minister Witold Bańka had been elected head of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and formally it was PM Morawiecki who took his place as Sports Minister. The PM said on Tuesday that Mrs Dmowska-Andrzejuk would be appointed new Sports Minister.