President Pavlopoulos Recognises the First Greek Team to Cross the Channel

January 2, 2019

ATHENS – Pastra Cretonaxiosa, the first Greek swimming team to cross the Channel, was welcomed at the Presidential Mansion on Wednesday by Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

At an event recognizing outstanding achievements of the past year, Pavlopoulos congratulated the team for providing a model of serving others. The team, which raises scholarship funds by attending swimming competitions, is fulfilling a valuable role, Pavlopoulos said, including “solidarity to human beings, something we are currently missing.”

Speaking on behalf of the team, swimmer Evgenia Tzannini said the members’ dream was “to help children of remote islands and to create a family of scholarship recipients who may in turn help these areas.”

She said that the team, founded by a group of friends in 2013, is focusing on islands with less than 2,000 residents and would like to eventually include mainland villages as well.

“We have secured seven scholarships,” Tzannini said, “and one student – the only high school graduate of Ai Stratis this year – is already studying with our support. Next year we will hand out six scholarships.

Pastra Cretonaxia began when three friends decided to swim their first race, the Spetses Marathon. They eventually acquired a coach, Sotiris Pastras, established their name and swam their first race under their new name at Bosphorus in 2015.

The team then grew by another four members, who decided to swim together the English Channel, one of the toughest crossings in the planet.


ATHENS – Unable to travel in their own country because of record inflation and soaring prices on everything from gasoline to ferry boats and electric bills they can't pay, many Greeks can only watch the tourist throngs everywhere.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.