In 1975 Veljko Rogošić made history by swimming in the open sea between Split and the island of Vis in Croatia.
For me this world record has been a fascinating achievement ever since. Rogošić became my idol and the record my passion.
Years later I planned to swim the same route in honour of Rogošić on the 4th of July 2012, the jubilee of the world record. My goal - to become the first woman to swim the same distance.
But then suddenly my life changed.
Five months before the world record attempt I got diagnosed with breast cancer, on my 44th birthday.
The following five years will turn into some of the toughest of my life.
I had to endure not less than 10 surgeries and many chemo - and radiation therapies.
In February 2017, 5 years after I was diagnosed, I decided to pick up my training again, despite a limited movability of my right arm.
Symbolically, I plan to cross the Viški Channel on 8. 8. 2018, one day after the anniversary of Veljko Rogošić death who passed away in 2012 due to cancer.
I promised my grandmother Ruža to swim the world record in honour of her daughter Anica who died of breast cancer. My goal is to arrive healthy on 8. 8. 2018 at the finishing line, the birthday of my mother.
My goal is not only to make my childhood dream come true but also to inspire people to become active and stay healthy.
On July 21st I swam 17.7km of Viški channel in 5 hours and 23 minutes thus beating the record as a first woman to swim that channel.