Biography:

Monika Eggens represented Canada for the first time at the 2007 FINA World Junior Championships. She made her senior debut in 2009 when she competed alongside her sister at the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final, helping Canada to a first ever silver medal. Also in that summer, she competed at the Summer Universiade, the first in which women’s water polo was included, where Canada just missed the podium. Eggens went on to help Canada win silver at the 2011 Pan Am Games and 2015 Pan Am Games and was a member of the FINA World Championship squads that finished eighth in 2011 and 2013 and fourth in 2017. She was named to the Media All-Star Team at the latter. In 2017, she also helped Canada win silver at the FINA World League Super Final. In her four years at the University of Hawaii, Eggens became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 252 goals in 115 games and set a single season record with 101 goals as a senior. She was a first-team All-American in 2011 and 2013 after red-shirting to train with Team Canada in 2012. She has most recently played professionally in Greece.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MONIKA

Getting into the Sport: Started playing water polo at age 6… Her mom and aunt both played so they had her swimming at a younger age… After watching her sister play, as soon as she was old enough for the youngest age group she had her mom sign her up… Olympic dream began while watching women’s water polo Olympic debut at Sydney 2000… Outside Interests: Graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology… Enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and swimming… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential”… Has a Canadian Olympic loonie for good luck… Collects her boarding passes from her travels… Nickname: Moni…