The President of the FOD Academy Association
Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, a Warsaw native for four generations, was born in 1982. She is a Polish fencer, a world and European champion, and a former soldier in the Polish Armed Forces. From 2019 to 2020, she served as the Minister of Sport in the second government of Mateusz Morawiecki.
Education and Professional Career
From 1997 to 2001, she attended XLV High School in Warsaw. She joined the military and in 2006, she received a position in the then 3rd Battalion of the Land Forces Command Support, becoming a member of the Warsaw Sports Group. In the same year, she completed her master’s degree in physical education at the Józef Piłsudski Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw. She also graduated in interior architecture from the Higher School of Ecology and Management in Warsaw.
Since 1992, she has been a member of the fencing section of the Central Military Sports Club Legia Warsaw. From 2007 to 2012, she competed for the sports club AZS-AWF Warsaw, and since 2013, she has been representing the sports club AZS AWF Katowice. In national competitions, she achieved numerous titles, including individual Polish junior and senior championships (six times), team championships for youth and seniors (thirteen times), and the Polish Cup for seniors.
She represented Poland both as a junior and a senior fencer. In January 2005, she finished 2nd in the Prague World Cup, and in June of the same year, she secured 3rd place in the Barcelona World Cup. At the 2005 European Championships in Zalaegerszeg, she won a team silver medal. In the same year, she achieved her greatest individual success in her sporting career, winning a gold medal individually at the World Championships in Leipzig, defeating Maarika Võsu from Estonia in the final. In 2009, she won a team silver medal in fencing at the European Championships in Plovdiv. In the same year, her team also secured a silver medal at the World Championships (losing to Italy in the final 30-45). A year later in Leipzig, Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk’s team won a gold medal at the European Championships, this time defeating Italy 35-30 in the final. In the following years, she represented Poland in military sports competitions among other events.
Social and Political Engagement
She served as the Vice President of the Polish Women’s Sports Association, founded in 1994 by Irena Szewińska and Maria Kwaśniewska, an organization dedicated to promoting sports for girls and women. She was an advocate for promoting and developing sports for people with disabilities and for promoting integration in sports.
On December 3, 2019, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented her as a candidate for the Minister of Sport. On December 5, 2019, President Andrzej Duda appointed her to this position. During her tenure at the Ministry of Sport, she initiated programs such as “Sportowe Wakacje+” (Sporty Holidays+), “Mały wielki Polak – nadzieje olimpijskie” (Little Great Pole – Olympic Hopes), and “Super Trener” (Super Coach).
In April 2021, Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin appointed her as a social advisor and the chair of the team for sports sponsorship by state-owned companies. In the same year, she was involved in coordinating COVID-19 vaccinations for Polish athletes. Also in 2021, she became the president of the SuperLiga in tennis and a member of the Women’s Sports Council of the European Fencing Federation. She is the president of the FOD Academy Association, which aims to promote sports among various social groups.
Honors and Awards
In 2011, she was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit. In 2021, she was honored with the Golden Badge “For Merit to Sport.” She ranked 5th in the “Przegląd Sportowy” (Sports Review) plebiscite for the best athlete of 2005 and is recognized as the greatest female fencer in the 90-year history of the Polish Fencing Association. In 2012, she received the award from the City of Warsaw, which is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the city.
In 2007, she married fencer Robert Andrzejuk, who won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. She is a professionally active mother of three children.