For decades, men have been diving off Gjakova’s Fshajt Bridge into the White Drin River, 22 meters below. Then in the late 1970s, Gonxhe Basha decided it was time for her to dive. She was only 13.
“I still remember that a commentator was told that the first woman in Kosovo was going to jump, the only woman. The audience was surprised that I was just a child, 13 years old,” Gonxhe said. “Do you have any idea what it means to jump as a 13-year-old from the Fshajt Bridge?”
“There was no greater pleasure.”
Two years after her first jump, she was crowned the bridge-diving champion of Gjakova at the age of 15.
K2.0’s latest mini-doc brings you her story.