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Alexandra Dziekonska

Alexandra Dziekonska

Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records

Born in Poland, Alexandra is an accomplished Marathon Runner and ranked as one of only a few women from her homeland to have run below 3 hours. Her story is one of triumph over adversity through gritty determination to succeed where others would have failed to cross the finish line.

She is credited with running over 20 marathons and has raised thousands of pounds for charity through her work with HSH The Prince Albert of Monaco’s; Peace and Sport Campaign. The work of this international charity serves to support young people in using sport to help heal the communities recovering from civil war or disasters around the world.

Having been spotted by the Duke of Edinburgh charity in New York in 2011 during her speech, Alexandra now shares her life experiences in English, Italian and Polish for audiences in support for DofE Award ceremonies at St James Palace in London.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Hosting Alex at St James' Palace was a pleasure. She was warm, friendly and engaging and great to chat to which made the whole day even more enjoyable. Her presentation told the story of her childhood and the challenges she faced throughout her life, how she overcame these 'disadvantages' through running and sport was truly inspiring. Speaking with parents and participants afterwards they were equally as impressed, and feeling inspired to take up sport again themselves."

– Matthew J Enright, VIP Host, Duke of Edinburgh Award

"Having met Alex in person at a seminar, it's hard to relate the person she is now to the bullied little girl; not everyone fights back and has the determination she clearly has - truly inspiring."

– Elwyn Cox, Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester

"I was privileged to be invited to attend the DofE Gold Award ceremony at St.James Palace. To be present among such an elite group of young people was a wonderful experience in it's own, but an additional benefit was to listen to Alex deliver her experiential and motivating talk about how she overcame a number of significant challenges from her early life... There is no doubt that Alex's story is one of achievements over adversity and her experiences can help & motivate many in believing that they too can overcome the challenges they face in life."

– Stuart Lewis, International Business Director, SportBusiness

"Corby Business Academy would like to thank Alexandra for spending some time with us. The students thoroughly enjoyed it and were talking about Alex & her visit at parents evening at the Academy."

– Claire Robinson, Corby Business Academy​

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