Slovak all-female relay swimmers make history crossing the Channel

The country's first all-female team to swim the Channel trained in Slovakia during rain and storms.

Slovak female swimmers swam across the English Channel, from England to France, in September 2020. Slovak female swimmers swam across the English Channel, from England to France, in September 2020. (Source: SVK women relay/Facebook)

Each of them had the same fear at first, praying not to become the person who would ruin their relay swim across the English Channel.

Undefeatable waves, exhaustion or uncontrollable nausea could mean the swim would be over. They had to take turns after exactly an hour, not a minute less, otherwise the relay would not have been successful.

It is now clear that the six Slovak women, most of whom are in their forties, will go down in history. Zuzana Vančová, Zuzana Jusková, Zuzana Szabóová, Táňa Chudá, Nina Chudá and Soňa Rebrová were the first women's relay team from Slovakia to swim across the cold-water of the English Channel, a feat they achieved on September 22.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Top stories

News digest: Number of cases double in a week, state of emergency not ruled out

Meteorologists issued warnings against intense rainfall for the southern and western districts of Slovakia. There will be regular flights from two Russian cities to Bratislava.

9 h

Connecting families with neurodiverse or differently-abled children

Parents and children from Bratislava, Vienna and surroundings are invited.

17 h
Iranian comedian Nastaran "Nasi" Alaghmandan Motlagh is one of the faces of the fjúžn festival, which will kick off in Bratislava on September 16, 2021.

Iranian comedian: I tried to be Slovak. It was a move in the wrong direction

In addition to reciting Sohrab Sepehri, stand-up comedian Nastaran "Nasi" Alaghmandan Motlagh speaks about the fjúžn festival and the period in her life when her family left Iran and moved to Slovakia.

14. sep
Skryť Close ad