Monika Strojny is a Council member of the Polish Mountaineering Federation and author of the Polish Skimo Youth Group with almost 60 kids and youngsters trained in mountains. She is a national and international ski mountaineering referee, alpine ski instructor and Tatra mountain guide. She organises one of the hardest ultra run in Poland: the Bieg Grania Tatr. She studied journalism at Warsaw University, but then moved to Zakopane to live in the mountains. Monika has been elected member of the ISMF Council in September 2019.
Passionate skier, Zuzana Rychlikova discovered ski mountaineering in 1994 in her home mountain Low Tatras in central Slovakia. Volunteering in various international skimo competition since late 90s such as Pierra Menta in 1999 or European ski mountaineering Championships in 2003, she became a member of Technical Commission of ISMC (predecessor of ISMF) in 2003 and an ISMF referee in 2005 as a first woman. She worked also as ISMF Referee instructor (Zermatt 2012, Kamchatka 2013, Chambery 2015) and technical advisor for ISMF homologation. She was co-founder of Slovak Skimo Association in 2005 and skimo referee instructor for Swiss Alpine Club in 2013 and 2014. She is advisor for Czech skimo commission since 2009. She organised twice an ISMF Plenary Assembly in Bratislava, in 2009 and 2015. Currently, she is involved in several ISMF projects touching the gender equality and the international sport development as well continues working as a referee and technical advisor.
I started skimo when I was fifteen, along with speleology, climbing and alpinism. In alpinism my biggest succes was summiting Fitz Roy in Patagonia. I started competing in skimo when I was 31 years old, and I compete in World Cup since 2018. I have won two silver and two gold medals at European and World Championshis in sprint. I studied geology at university, obtained PhD degree in environmental science and I work as mountain leader specialised in geology in France. I am a member of VSC Dukla Banska Bystrica, a sport army group in Slovakia.
Linked to ski mountaineering and mountain sports since she was very young. Former skimo athlete, she raced with the Spanish National Team (part of the Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing, FEDME) for 5 years, giving her the athlete perspective and experience in international competitions. She participated in three ISMF World Championships, an ISMF European Championship and several World Cups. Additionally, she is part of the Gender and Equality Commission of the ISMF since October 2022. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering and currently resides in Zurich, although she is originally from Spain.