Meet Jiya Rai, a 12-year-old daughter of a Naval sailor Madan Rai who created history by swimming from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India, a distance of 36 Km in 08 hrs and 40 minutes on 17 Feb 2021. She is a known case of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and dedicated the swimming feat to raise awareness about Autism.
She commenced her record-setting feat in the early morning hours of 17 Feb 2021 at 0350 hrs from Bandra-Worli Sea Link and completed at Gateway of India at 1230 hrs.
The swimming event was conducted under the observation of the Swimming Association of Maharashtra, a recognized body of the Swimming Federation of India. The event was also associated with FIT India Movement by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affair.
Jiya Rai was felicitated with a trophy by Zarir N Baliwala, President of Greater Mumbai Amateur Aquatic Association (GMAAA).
Jiya had earlier swam from Elephanta Island to Gateway of India, a distance of 14 Km in 03 hrs 27 minutes and 30 sec on 15 Feb 20 and holds the world record for the youngest girl with ASD to swim 14 km in open waters.
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