Swimming Straight In The Water, Standing Up Tall In Life

Swimming Straight In The Water, Standing Up Tall In Life

Swimming Straight In The Water, Standing Up Tall In Life

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The international newswires reported that Macedonian marathon swimmer Atina Bojadži (Macedonian: Атина Бојаџи) unexpectedly passed away at 66. Raised on the shores of Lake Ohrid, she became the youngest champion at the age of 18 in the Ohrid Swimming Marathon. She also competed in several Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy and was the first Yugoslavian to cross the English Channel in 13 hours 20 minutes.

Her feat was an inspiration for a 1977 film called Stand Up Straight, Delfina which won several Yugoslavian and international awards.

In 1998, the Macedonian Olympic Committee recognized her as a giant of Macedonian sport. In 2000, the Macedonian daily Utrinski Vesnik (Morning News) proclaimed her Macedonian Sportswoman of the Century – an appropriate award for the Ohrid Dolphin as she was nicknamed for her marathon swimming accomplishments.

More information on the film of the former assembly woman as she became later in life is here.

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